With are the top rated aquaculture research and training department in the UK, the leading international centre in our field and the largest of our kind in the world. We bring together cross-disciplinary, world class researchers to meet the wide range of challenges faced as aquaculture grows to meet global demands. Our research and training focuses on fundamental questions relating to strategies for sustainable aquaculture, whether in modern commercial markets or in feeding poor communities in developing countries. Fundamental research on environments, reproduction, genetics, aquatic health, nutrition and feed supplies, on production systems, on markets, and on social and economic impacts all play significant roles. While our research is loosely focused in four groups (below), there is substantial inter-group activity responding to the challenges posed by the growth and development of world aquaculture especially facing the complex, multidiscipinary issues of sustaining aquatic food security through the 21st century.
We address all areas of Sustainability and Resilience of the Sector resulting in improved Aquatic Food Security. Our activities are strongly integrated across the group and encompass environmental modelling, carrying capacity, spatial analysis, biodiversity & new species, international development, securing & improving fishers' livelihoods, value chains & life cycle assessment. Much of this operates under the guidelines of the Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture. Learn more
We research development of feeds utilizing alternative oil and protein sources as replacements for traditional fish oils and meals aimed at increasing sustainability of the industry while maintaining or improving nutritional quality for the consumer. We work on fish as principal sources of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids which play key roles in human nutrition, being important for development of the nervous system, and in the prevention and therapy of various pathological conditions including cardiovascular & inflammatory disorders. Learn more
We have diverse interests in all aspects of research on aquatic animal disease with active sub-groups focused on histopathology, microbiology,
virology, parasitology and immunology. The Aquatic Population Health and Welfare sub-group covers aquatic animal epidemiology and welfare at population level.
We also provide consultancy services in veterinary diagnostics and vaccine and therapueutant testing.
Our focus is on the management of broodstock and the production of fish as a controllable & sustainable resource. We study the control of maturation and puberty, development & management of programmes of selective breeding, mechanisms of sex differentiation & gender control, and basic research on important traits & genes. We combine the use of new techniques of molecular biology and genomics with whole animal studies of physiology and function. Learn more
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|Aquaculture News online
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|ProteInsect project starts in Ghana
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|BBSRC fund our Omega-3 exhibit
5 Mar 2014 Learn More
|Vets fact-finding in Scotland
25 Feb 2014 Learn More
|Wrasse project nominated
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|Dr Rodney Wootten
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|Cage Aquaculture in Lake Volta
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|Certification of aquaculture?
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|Institute lab highly commended
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