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Study could lead to improved mussel production

Innovative new research by the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture could lead to increased mussel production.

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Tool developed to identify girls at risk of nutritional deficiency

Professor Dave Little of the University’s world-renowned Institute of Aquaculture used the resource to discover that adolescent girls in Bangladesh are particularly vulnerable.

Airthrey Loch with the Wallace Monument visible. Leaves from a tree are coming into the frame.

Global challenges can be met by leveraging aquatic foods

Leveraging aquatic foods can help policymakers address multiple global challenges, new analysis shows

Dave Little

Study explores how Nigeria can achieve its fish production target

Researchers have analysed how Nigeria can achieve its target of producing 2.5 million tonnes of farmed fish annually, and believe their work could provide similar insights in other countries.

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New partnership to grow Ayrshire’s ‘blue economy’

The University of Stirling has joined forces with North Ayrshire Council to grow the ‘blue economy’ in the west of Scotland.

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Global call for a ‘blue food revolution’ to tackle climate change and malnutrition

New landmark assessment finds fish, shellfish and algae offer untapped potential for global development if the right policies and investments are put in place

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Stirling aquaculture expert awarded £1.5m to explore climate change

A University of Stirling scientist has been awarded £1.5 million for an innovative four-year data project that will enable marine aquaculture to respond to impacts from climate change.

Dr Lynne Falconer

Aquaculture sustainability can be improved through collaboration with agriculture, experts say

A collaborative approach with the agriculture sector – specifically around plant biotechnology – is key to the sustainability of aquaculture, according to experts.

Salmon farm in the Highlands

Scientists to test feasibility of novel protein in fish feed

Experts from the University of Stirling will investigate the feasibility of using a single-cell protein in salmon feed, as part of a ground-breaking carbon recycling project.

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Aquaculture study findings shed light on lumpfish welfare

New research from aquaculture experts at the University of Stirling could help improve the welfare of farmed lumpfish – a species vital to tackling the problem of sea lice in salmon.

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City Deal signing: Major step forward for University-led projects

Two landmark projects led by the University of Stirling have today taken a major step forward – following the signing of the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal.

City Deal Signing

Royal honour for the University of Stirling

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall have bestowed the UK’s highest academic honour upon the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture.


New study on the impact of innovative feeds on salmon health

Scientists are testing whether oils from microalgae and genetically modified (GM) oilseed crops could provide beneficial omega-3 for salmon – and, in turn, boost levels in the human diet.


University of Stirling wins the UK’s highest academic honour

The University of Stirling’s world-leading Institute of Aquaculture is to receive the UK’s most prestigious academic honour – the Queen’s Anniversary Prize.


Eating mussels three times a week boosts omega-3 levels

Eating mussels three times per week may bring about significant health benefits – such as reduced risk of cardiac arrest – thanks to their omega-3 fatty acid properties.


Farmed oysters able to protect themselves from acidification

Oysters bred for fast growth and disease resistance are able to adapt their shell growth to protect themselves from environmental acidification, according to new research.

Sydney Rock Oysters

Top award win for world-leading aquaculture institute

The University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture has triumphed at a national awards ceremony.

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Stirling to analyse omega-3 samples for industry leader

Experts at the University of Stirling have signed a major new deal to provide omega-3 testing to a world leader in the sector.


Sharks more vulnerable than originally thought, new research shows

A study of small-scale fisheries operating from Kenya, Zanzibar and Madagascar, has revealed the massive underreporting of sharks and rays caught annually in the region.

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New study on salmon behaviour could lead to management and welfare improvements

A new study involving the University of Stirling has shed fresh light on the link between the life history of fish and their behaviour.

Dr Sonia Rey Planellas

£1.7m project aims to boost vital aquaculture species

A major research collaboration – involving scientists at the University of Stirling – is aiming to boost stocks of aquaculture species that are vital to the UK.

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Government advisor set to head-up Institute of Aquaculture

An award-winning marine biologist – who serves as a Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government – is set to take on a principal role with the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture.

Professor Selina Stead

Stirling contributes to new handbook on salmon welfare

The aquaculture industry is set to benefit from a new handbook – created in collaboration with the University of Stirling – which will help experts assess the welfare of Atlantic salmon.

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Study challenges concerns around imported farmed shrimp

Scientists at the University of Stirling have challenged concerns around the consumption of imported farmed shrimp – with new research indicating that it is as safe as any other seafood product.

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Stirling to receive share of £12 million in new funding

The University of Stirling has received a share of £12 million to train the next generation of environmental and aquaculture scientists.

Pairing zebrafish by personality improves fitness of the species

Scientists have challenged the theory of “love at first sight” after discovering that they can boost the reproductive success of zebrafish by pairing them by personality, rather than appearance.

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£190,000 project to tackle sea lice and other agents of salmon disease

The University of Stirling is working with an aquaculture firm on a new £190,000 project designed to tackle sea lice and other diseases of farmed salmon.

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Stirling expert elected to leading aquaculture organisation

A University of Stirling academic has been elected to a senior role with an international aquaculture organisation.

Professor Herve Migaud,Personal Chair, Institute of Aquaculture

Coastal acidification is causing oysters to shrink, study finds

An oyster species found in the waters of Australia and New Zealand is getting smaller due to coastal acidification, according to a new University of Stirling study.


Breakthrough in battle to rid salmon of sea lice

A project involving the University of Stirling and two leading fish farms has reached a major milestone in its drive to tackle sea lice in salmon.

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New study into impact of climate change on Arctic marine life

New research involving the University of Stirling is seeking to understand how climate change is affecting the biological clock of ecologically important species in the Arctic Ocean.

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Urgent action on risks to aquaculture workers needed, study finds

Health and safety within the global aquaculture industry is widely overlooked – despite the sector posing a great risk to workers, according to University of Stirling-led research.

Andrew Watterson

Stirling’s new aquaculture link with Chinese university

A new agreement between the Universities of Stirling and Ningbo, in China, will see aquaculture staff and students share knowledge and collaborate on research and teaching projects.

Professor Herve Migaud and Professor Chun-Lin Wang sign agreement

University receives £22 million for international research hubs

Two new international research centres – focussing on aquaculture and the environment – will be developed at the University of Stirling thanks to £22 million in government funding.

David Mundell MP with a fish tank

Scientists make major breakthrough on omega-3 production

A major discovery that could 'revolutionise' the understanding of omega-3 production in the ocean has been made by an international team of scientists.

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Stirling graduates lead the way in the aquaculture sector

A number of University of Stirling graduates have received recognition in a series of ‘women in science’ features published by a leading business organisation in the aquaculture industry.

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University of Stirling shortlisted at top aquaculture awards

The University of Stirling’s world-leading Institute of Aquaculture is in the running for a top award in recognition of the nutritional analysis it provides to industry.

James Dick, Technical Manager at the Institute of Aquaculture

Salmon by-products could generate £23m extra for industry

The Scottish salmon industry could receive a boost of more than £23 million if it better utilises fish by-products, according to a new University of Stirling study.

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Secretary of State visits Institute of Aquaculture

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove MP, had the opportunity to see first-hand how University of Stirling research is positioning the UK at the forefront of the global aquaculture industry, during a visit to the University’s Institute of Aquaculture on Friday 2 February.

Michael Gove, Stephen Kerr MP, Professor Malcolm MacLeod and Dr John Rogers