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Welfare assessment of salmon within aquaculture

Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Key Facts

Fee status

England, Northern Ireland, Wales, European Union, International, Scotland

Level

Postgraduate (research)

Deadline

Deadline for applications has passed. Information available for reference only.

Number of awards

1

Value of awards

£14.777 per annum

Your country/region

All nationalities

Project to review and implement measures to improve welfare of salmon in aquaculture.

Background information

Aquaculture is a major industry within the UK and Scotland in particular, with Scottish fish farms harvesting over 32 million fish each year. Scottish salmon is now the UKs largert agricultural export. There is increasing interest in fish welfare and the industry have responded by implementing many improvements, such as more efficient vaccines, more humane slaughter and handling methods.

Main objectives

  • To review current legislation and welfare assessment frameworks for use within Aquaculture in the UK.
  • Develop and validate an industry relevant Welfare Assessment Tool with a focus on the use of behavioural observation (e.g Qualitative Behavioural Assessment). 
  • Validation of the Welfare Assessment Tool will include the use of behavioural and physiological measures, and will be conducted using live observation and recorded footage.
  • The Welfare Assessment Tool will be assessed within industry settings to investigate practicality and efficacy within an on-farm context.
  • To contribute to the development of recommendations relating to on-farm welfare assessment within aquaculture.

The project will be supervised by the University of Stirling (IoA), The University of Edinburgh and SRUC. The student will be registered with the University of Stirling and based primarily at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling for a duration of 3.5 years.

The stipend for this studentship is £14.777 per annum. The expected start date for this studentship is August-September 2019

Applications for this PhD should be send (cv and cover letter) to aquaculture@stir.ac.uk.

Eligibility and availability

How do I apply?

Applications for this PhD should be send (cv and cover letter) to aquaculture@stir.ac.uk.

The closing date for the return of applications is 24th of May 2019.

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