Dr Amina Moss

Lecturer in Nutrition

Institute of Aquaculture Stirling

Dr Amina Moss

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About me

About me

As a lecturer in Aquaculture Nutrition, I bring a unique perspective to the field due to my background in the Bahamas. This has instilled in me a deep appreciation for the diversity of marine ecosystems, which drives my passion for understanding the impact of changing environments on the nutritional needs of farmed aquatic species, particularly crustaceans such as Artemia, lobsters and penaeids.

With expertise in developing sustainable and resilient feeding strategies, I have experience formulating diets, analysing lipid and amino acid content, and evaluating immune response and flesh quality. My work also focuses on extracting calcium and phospholipids from mollusc by-products to promote the health of farmed aquatic species.

Divisional/Faculty/University Contribution

Member of the Institute of Aquaculture Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) committee

Other Academic Activities

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Community Contribution

MAK STEM Fest: Celebrating Successful Engagement With Future STEM Talent

The first MAK STEM Fest, an event focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers, was held at the Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC) Business Park. Organized by ALIenergy with support from ScottishPower Renewables, the event aimed to introduce over 140 secondary students from Campbeltown, Tarbert, and Lochgilphead to the different STEM career opportunities available within their region. After 3 PM, the event was opened to the wider community members. The University of Stirling was represented by staff from the Marine Environmental Research Laboratory (MERL)/the Institute of Aquaculture, Mr Chessor Matthews, Dr David Bassett, Dr Matthew Sprague and Dr Amina Moss. Other companies varied from the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Discover Space UK, Forestry and Land Scotland, to the Royal Navy. The event was composed of a series of hands-on/interactive workshops with a stream of rotating students, allowing everyone to experience and learn about diverse STEM fields. The University of Stirling’s contributions offered students a closer look into the aquaculture sector. Participants were shown feed pellets in varying sizes as they learned about the dietary needs of salmon across its life cycle. They also learned to identify EPA and DHA peaks on printed GC-MS chromatograms to distinguish between land-based and marine-based oils. Furthermore, they were able to touch and identify the internal organs of a dissected salmon, as well as recognise various fish anatomical structures from printed histological slides. Participants were also able to analyse water samples for ammonia content and salinity levels, as they learnt about the importance of water quality. Additionally, with the use of microscopes, students observed the life stages of Artemia, from cysts to adults with eggs, and examined different life stages of sea lice. MAK STEM Fest hopes to be an annual event, and all interested staff are welcome to contribute! More information can be found here: https://www.westcoasttoday.co.uk/news/appliance-of-science-as-pupils-unlock-new-career-opportunties

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

High School Networking Event

Led the organization of high school students being hosted at the Institute of Aquaculture, an event sponsored by Salmon Scotland, and assisted by PhD students. The event included a campus tour, PhD flash presentations, lunch (pizzas and soft drinks), and a scavenger hunt.

Event / Presentation

Aquaculture – A Viable Plan- B
University of the Bahamas

University of The Bahamas Sustainable Grand Bahama Conference 2022

Professional membership

Aurora Advance HE

Aurora is designed to inspire and encourage women in academic and professional roles in higher education to consider leadership in their career and develop themselves as leaders. While some progress has been made, women continue to remain underrepresented in leadership roles in higher education. In order to continue to redress the balance we need women who can be the leaders of tomorrow to have the aspiration, skills, knowledge and opportunity to pursue these roles.

Research (2)

My research interests include:

  • Investigating the nutritional requirements of aquatic species, specifically crustaceans, in response to changing environments

  • Exploring the utilization of mollusc by-products in aquaculture feeds, with a focus on extracting bioactive compounds

  • Studying the interaction between aquaculture feeds and the environment, including the effects on water quality and ecological systems.

Outputs (16)



Mzengereza K, Ishikawa M, Koshio S, Yokoyama S, Yukun Z, Shadrack RS, Seo S, Duy Khoa TN, Moss A, Dossou S, Basuini MFE & Dawood MAO (2021) Effect of Substituting Fish Oil with Camelina Oil on Growth Performance, Fatty Acid Profile, Digestibility, Liver Histology, and Antioxidative Status of Red Seabream (Pagrus major). Animals, 11 (7), Art. No.: 1990. https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11071990


Adissin TOO, Manabu I, Shunsuke K, Saichiro Y, Moss AS & Dossou S (2020) Effects of dietary Nannochloropsis sp. powder and lipids on the growth performance and fatty acid composition of larval and postlarval kuruma shrimp, Marsupenaeus japonicus. Aquaculture Nutrition, 26 (1), pp. 186-200. https://doi.org/10.1111/anu.12980


Dossou S, Koshio S, Ishikawa M, Yokoyama S, El Basuini MF, Zaineldin AI, Mzengereza K, Moss A & Dawood MAO (2019) Effects of replacing fishmeal with fermented and non-fermented rapeseed meal on the growth, immune and antioxidant responses of red sea bream (Pagrus major). Aquaculture Nutrition, 25 (2), pp. 508-517. https://doi.org/10.1111/anu.12876


Wang W, Ishikawa M, Koshio S, Yokoyama S, Dawood MAO, Hossain MS & Moss AS (2019) Effects of dietary astaxanthin and vitamin E and their interactions on the growth performance, pigmentation, digestive enzyme activity of kuruma shrimp (Marsupenaeus japonicus). Aquaculture Research, 50 (4), pp. 1186-1197. https://doi.org/10.1111/are.13993


Moss AS, Koshio S, Ishikawa M, Yokoyama S & Dawood MAO (2018) Using Condition Index to Assess the Effects of Calcium Substitution by Marine Snail Shells in the Diets of Juvenile Kuruma Shrimps, Marsupenaeus Japonicus. Asian-Pacific Aquaculture 2018, Taipei, Taiwan, 23.04.2018-26.04.2018. https://wasblobstorage.blob.core.windows.net/meeting-abstracts/APA2018AbstractBook.pdf


Moss A, Koshio S, Ishikawa M, Yokoyama S, Nhu TH, Dawood MAO & Wang W (2017) Replacement Of Squid and Krill Meal by Snail Meal Buccinum Striatissimum in Practical Diets for Juvenile Kuruma Shrimps Marsupenaeus Japonicus. Asian Pacific Aquaculture 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 24.07.2017-27.07.2017. https://wasblobstorage.blob.core.windows.net/meeting-abstracts/APA2017AbstractBook.pdf


Moss A (2017) Effects of dietary phospholipids extracted from snails (Buccinum striatissimum) on the growth performance, stress resistance, immune response, and fatty acid composition of juvenile kuruma shrimps, Marsupenaeus japonicus (Bate). 6th Global Summit on Aquaculture & Fisheries, Osaka, Japan, 25.05.2017-27.05.2017. https://aquaculture.global-summit.com/abstract/2017/effects-of-dietary-phospholipids-extracted-from-snails-buccinum-striatissimum-on-the-growth-performance-stress-resistance-immune-response-and-fatty-acid-composition-of-juvenile-kuruma-shrimps-marsupenaeus-japonicus-bate


Dawood MAO, Koshio S, Ishikawa M, Yokoyama S, El Basuini MF, Hossain MS, Nhu TH, Moss AS, Dossou S & Wei H (2017) Dietary supplementation of β-glucan improves growth performance, the innate immune response and stress resistance of red sea bream,Pagrus major. Aquaculture Nutrition, 23 (1), pp. 148-159. https://doi.org/10.1111/anu.12376


Moss A, Koshio S, Ishikawa M, Yokoyama S, Nhu TH & Dawood MAO (2016) Effect of dietary phospholipids extracted from snails (Buccinum striatissimum) on the growth performance, survival rate, stress resistance, immune response, and fatty acid composition of juvenile kuruma shrimps, Marsupenaeus japonicus (Bate).. 日本甲殻類学会/Carcinological Society of Japan, Kagoshima, Japan, 22.10.2016-23.10.2016. https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/cancer/26/0/26_125/_pdf/-char/ja


Dawood MAO, Koshio S, Ishikawa M, Yokoyama S, El Basuini MF, Hossain MS, Nhu TH, Dossou S & Moss AS (2016) Effects of dietary supplementation of Lactobacillus rhamnosus or/and Lactococcus lactis on the growth, gut microbiota and immune responses of red sea bream, Pagrus major. Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 49, pp. 275-285. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fsi.2015.12.047



Lecturer in the following modules:

  • AQUU2TP- Thirsty Planet (Module coordinator)
  • AQUPGA1- Foundations of Aquatic Production
  • BIOU2PH- Introduction to Physiology
  • BIOU9AP- Animal Physiology
  • AQUU8MG- Marine Biology and Aquaculture
  • AQUU7MR/AR- Aquaculture and Marine Biology Research
  • AQUPGAP- Aquaculture Project Module
  • AQUU5LR- Living Resources
  • AQUPGP1- Aquaculture Nutrition

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