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We're a research and business hub providing consultancy, scientific collaboration and expertise to develop new technology and practice in aquaculture.

Our global strategic partnerships and our business services help us to tackle the problems of feeding the world, sustainability and food security.

Our extensive marine and freshwater facilities operate to the highest standards and are available to conduct pioneering commercial research at molecular, cellular and whole organism levels.

We’re also a global resource for governmental and regional decision-making bodies. We advise policy makers, regulatory bodies and business on a range of biological, pathological and environmental issues.

Our business services

Research facilities and contract services

We offer consultancy services, marine and freshwater research facilities and a long-established contract research service.

Nutrition Analytical Services

We are a commercial analytical service for the feed and food sector, utilising state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.

Good Laboratory Practice

Our Machrihanish Marine Field station can conduct lab studies and data according to the principles of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP).

  • Water quality analysis

    We’ve been providing environmental survey services to the aquaculture industry, water authorities and private clients since 1984. We specialise in providing core environmental consultancy that allow our clients to fulfil their statutory and regulatory needs. Our consultancy ranges from monitoring of water quality to providing advice on site developments and environmental impact.

    We’re a dedicated and experienced team of researchers, scientists and technicians. We also work with countries who are developing their aquaculture sectors and help then to minimise adverse environmental and social impacts.

  • Veterinary diagnostics

    We work across the aquaculture sector providing total health management for fish stocks.

    We’re committed to high standards of veterinary care and attention. We’re experts in the diagnosis of fish diseases and can provide regular fish health screening using parasitology, bacteriology, histology, virology and specific pathogen certification. Live and freshly dead samples of fish can also be brought directly to us for examination.

    In addition, we provide training in the identification and treatment of fish diseases through our continued professional development short courses. Find out how we can help you and your staff with training in aquaculture.

  • Vaccine and therapeutant testing

    We were the first European centre working primarily on aquaculture research to receive a statement of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) compliance, and since 1994 we have conducted studies in both clinical and non-clinical fields. We’ve specially designed facilities available for testing new vaccines or therapeutants for the aquaculture industry.

    All medicines approved for use in animals and bound for human consumption, must be safe and meet limits on tissue residues. Our studies are performed in compliance with GLP and Good Clinical Practice (veterinarian) (GCPv).

    Our experience and expertise cover:

    • Vaccine Safety and Efficacy testing
    • Antimicrobial Safety and Efficacy testing
    • Feed performance Studies
    • Toxicity testing

    We can work on any species but have particular experience with:

    • Atlantic salmon
    • Rainbow trout
    • Brown Trout
    • Arctic Charr
    • Pangasius catfish
    • Tilapia
    • Carp
    • Barramundi
  • Broodstock and smolt management advice

    We’re world leading experts in breeding and genetic improvement. We support commercial broodstock management and on-growing practices for established and new fish species.

    This includes characterisation of reproductive development, guidance and implementation of optimal biotech approaches to maturation control, light set-up and efficiency, population sexing and maturation (sex steroid profiling, ultrasound scanning), smoltification regimes and monitoring (ATPase activity) etc.

  • Sea lice drug-resistance testing

    We offer lab-based testing and monitoring for infection, genetic resistance and drug-resistance of sea lice, allowing us to fight infections. 

    We've a fantastic track record with sea lice, and are the only facility in the UK to have a range of sea lice strains including drug-naïve strains.  We’ve an in-depth understanding of the sea lice life cycle allowing us to investigate and identify how to combat this serious production and welfare issue.

Institute of Aquaculture

Faculty of Natural Sciences
University of Stirling
Stirling, Stirlingshire
FK9 4LA, UK

+44 01786 467874
+44 01786 472133
aquaculture@stir.ac.uk

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