Aquaculture is a rapidly expanding industry, with a global growth rate of 8%, while in Scotland, the sector has ambitious plans to double its output by 2030. There is a unique opportunity to increase the economic and social benefits of aquaculture by developing the role that Scotland can play in response to this global challenge. However, this requires intelligent, transformational processes that allow us to farm the best fish in the healthiest and most efficient way possible.
Investment of £17 million through the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Deal will create a new aquaculture innovation hub to support the University’s pioneering aquaculture research, translating global growth into high quality local jobs.
For more than 40 years, the University’s Institute of Aquaculture has spearheaded the development of scientific techniques, technologies and expertise to support the sustainable production of food in aquatic environments. Working closely with industry, from producers and retailers, to certification bodies, and the pharmaceutical sector, our research informs modern commercial markets around the world, from development through to production and the point of sale.
New, state-of-the-art laboratories and aquatic experimental facilities will underpin our world-leading work, enabling our experts to conduct dynamic and commercially relevant research in partnership with leading aquaculture companies. By co-locating industry partners with the Institute, we will translate ground-breaking scientific research into practical, applied solutions that support economic development in communities from rural Scotland to South America, Africa and the Middle East.
The Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal will ensure that the University delivers a National Centre of Excellence in aquatic food production as a catalyst for innovation and enterprise, and a hub for realising the economic and social benefits of sustainable, global growth.
If you’d like to know more about the University's projects within the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, please contact our City Region Deal Programme Manager, Fiona Colligan at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +44 (0) 1786 476445.