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A career in aquaculture

Studying aquaculture or marine science can open up a wide range of career opportunities in one of the world’s youngest and fastest-growing industries.

Our challenge in aquaculture is to increase food production to meet the demands of a growing population – while simultaneously balancing sustainability, animal welfare and environmental issues.

The level of industrialisation within the sector is still rather underdeveloped in terms of technological applications of nutrition, genetics, health and technology. As a result, there are a multitude of career opportunities available, including:

  • fish health experts
  • next generation feed developers
  • quality assurance operatives
  • system engineers
  • pharmaceutical and clinical researchers
  • environmental consultants
  • aquaculture and fisheries management roles

Within research and development, there are careers focusing on improving breeding, feeding, health and welfare at the primary production level.

At a policy and governmental level, there are complex issues and challenges faced by the aquaculture when responding to socio-economic, political and environmental challenges that may occur as a result of primary production systems.

With an increase in the industrialisation and technology recirculating aquaculture systems use, there is also a need for technical engineers who understand the biological needs and requirements of aquatic organisms.

What next?

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Aquaculture: a quick guide

What is aquaculture and how is it helping to feed the world?

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Our courses

Learn more about our innovative aquaculture and marine biology degrees

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International

Aquaculture is a fast-growing international industry.

Contact us

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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