Centre for Aquatic Food Security

According to the 1996 world food summit:

'Food security exists when all people, at all time have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.'

  • The current world population is 6.5 billion
  • The predicted population by 2050 is 9 billion
  • Food demand is projected to increase by 50% by 2030 and to double by 2050.
  • Today 1 billion people are chronically undernourished and 1 billion are overweight with 300m of them obese.
  • We cannot use more land to farm and the seas cannot be fished any more intensively. However Aquaculture is a possible route for growth.
  • In addition we need more efficient farming-we need to increase the output per unit input
  • A quarter of the world’s crops are currently lost to pests and diseases.
  • 1/3 of global food production is lost or wasted.
    • In the developing world most is lost at production stage- this includes loss of biomass meant for human consumption but used for fuel or for animal feed.
    • In the developed world 100kg per person per year is wasted at the consumption stage.


  • Fastest growing food producing sector in the world
  • >90% comes from developing world
  • >230 different species
  • ~60% from freshwater, 35% from the sea and 5% from brackish water- BUT this provides 16% of the value

MSc in Aquatic Food Security

We offer an MSc in Aquatic food Security, details can be found at


Seminar Series

We hold a monthly interdisciplinary seminar series:


Mission Statement:


1)      To establish researchers in Stirling as Internationally renowned experts in Aquatic Food Security

2)      To raise the profile of seafood on the Scottish, UK  and International food security agenda.


Carry out interdisciplinary research with

  • Funding from a diverse range of sources.
  • Industry and other practitioners to maximise impact.
  • Training of researchers through postgraduate taught study, continuing professional development and postgraduate research. 


Collaborative links within and outside the university.

Innovative projects, novel approaches.


Research in:

  • The developing and developed world.
  • Aquaculture, capture fisheries and enhanced fisheries.
  • Production and post-harvest problems.

Engage with and/or contribute to:


  • FAO
  • Worldfish and other CGIAR centres
  • Other overseas Universities and Research Centres
  • Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP)
  • European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (EATiP)


  • Scottish Food Security Alliance.
  • Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (Scottish Aquaculture Industry).
  • Food and Drink Scotland

Membership of the Centre:

This is a virtual centre with membership open to anyone with an interest in Aquatic Food Security.

For Information contact  Head of the Centre,

Rachel Norman r.a.norman@stir.ac.uk @AFSRachel

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