UHI wins £1million for aquaculture research

June 22, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Aquaculture News

Research projects focused on addressing key challenges to the aquaculture sector, and involving scientists and researchers across the University of the Highlands and Islands, have been awarded nearly UK£1million in funding by two of the UK’s leading research councils as part of the Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative.

The projects, which focus on farming or cultivation in salmon, trout, molluscs and crustaceans, are part of a national programme to build capacity across the aquaculture research sector, with multidisciplinary projects spanning bioscience and environmental science.

Michael Rayner, UHI dean of research said: “This is fantastic endorsement of the standard and distinction of research across the University of the Highlands and Islands.

“Our focus is to make a difference to our environment and economy in our region and these nationally-funded grants acknowledge our expertise and performance in this area, vital to our region and the wider Scottish economy.”

In the UK, the value of aquaculture in producing finfish such as salmon and sea trout is estimated to be worth around £580 million per year and rising. Challenges to the industry such as disease and parasite infections affecting farmed stock have a devastating impact.

Source & full article at The Press and Journal