What we do
Founded in 1971, the Institute of Aquaculture is the leading international aquaculture centre and the largest of its kind in the world.
We provide high-quality research, teaching, training, technology development and consultancy.
We work with governments, regulatory bodies, industry, pharmaceutical suppliers, fish farmers and supply chains to tackle global problems of food security, hunger and sustainability through aquaculture. As an global organisation, we have links and partnerships with over 50 countries.
Our community boasts 180 highly skilled staff and students. We have built up a first-class, international reputation with our work and have an annual operating budget of approximately £10 million.
University of Stirling wins the UK’s highest academic honour
Institute of Aquaculture scoops the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.
We proudly bring together world-class researchers from a variety of disciplines in order to meet the wide range of challenges the world faces as aquaculture grows to meet global food demand.
Our research focuses on critical questions, such as how to develop strategies for sustainable aquaculture and aquatic food security, how to inform modern commercial markets and how to support communities in developing countries so they have enough to eat. Over 80% of our research activity is rated world-leading and internationally excellent (REF 2014).
Our consultancy and business services
We provide a wide range of high-quality business services to support the international aquaculture industry including laboratory analysis, collaborative research, risk assessment, consultancy and contract research services.
The Athena SWAN initiative is a national charter developed by the Equality Challenge Unit in 2005 (now part of Advance HE). Athena SWAN recognises and promotes good practice in gender equality.
The Institute of Aquaculture has been awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN award which is valid until 2025.