Making aquaculture sustainable
The University of Stirling Institute of Aquaculture’s research has helped improve and promoted examples of best practice of aquaculture efficiency across the world.
The main focus of the work has been researching and implementing carrying capacity within aquatic food production sites.
The Institute’s research into the aquatic food production site’s carrying capacity takes into account physical, ecological, production and socio-economic aspects of the environment.
The work has been supported by funding of more than £1.3m, which was awarded to Stirling from national and international funding organisations such as Irish Government and INAPESCA (Mexico), Darwin Initiative, the Leverhulme/Royal Society, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and EU H2020.
There were several key elements to the research, including using computer-based environmental models, developing a UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO-UN) Technical Guidance report, spatial and carrying capacity modelling, and the development of a platform for new policy recommendations for aquaculture licensing through multi-partner collaborations.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations say Stirling research has being central to the development of carrying capacity thinking in aquaculture.