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Welcome to the top rated aquaculture department in the UK.

top 150 agriculture and forestry

We are the top-rated aquaculture research and training department in the UK, the leading international centre in our field, the largest of our kind and in the top 150 of World University Rankings of schools of agriculture. We combine cross-disciplinary, world class research on environments, reproduction, genetics, aquatic health, nutrition and feed supplies, on production systems, markets, and on social and economic impacts 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. Our research is loosely focused in four groups (below) with substantial inter-group activity responding to the challenges posed by the growth and development of world aquaculture and facing the complex, multidiscipinary issues of sustaining aquatic food security through the 21st century.

Sustainable Aquaculture Group:


We address 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 within the Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture. Learn more

Nutrition Group:


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. Learn more

Health and Welfare Group:

Water sampling

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. Learn more

Genetics and Reproduction Group:

Bangla pond

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, combining new techniques of molecular biology and genomics with whole animal studies of physiology and function. Learn more