Stirling University’s Aquaculture research praised in Parliament – Fishfarmer Magazine

Stirling University’s Aquaculture research praised in Parliament16 March, 2010 –

In a recent Scottish Parliamentary debate, the future of Aquaculture was discussed and Scotland’s achievement in dramatically increasing its export of high quality salmon was recognised. Dr Richard Simpson MSP for mid Scotland and Fife, praised the University of Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture for leading the way in this increasingly important field.


The Institute, which runs highly regarded Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral courses in Aquaculture, has made a significant contribution to many aspects of fish science. It has international links with Taiwan, Uganda and Trinidad and its recent work with Tilapia fish has contributed to the work on warm water fish worldwide.


In Aquaculture, effective disease control remains an important factor and Dr Simpson raised the issue of upgrading the standards for combating bacterial kidney disease, the control of which is vital to the continued export of eggs and Smolts salmon.


Speaking after the debate, Dr Simpson said: “Investment and diversity in Aquaculture is necessary for the Scottish industry’s long term future, as we continue to lead the way in Aquaculture.


“The work already carried out by the University, together with its ongoing research, is integral to Scotland’s success in fish farming. Its record of achievement has also had a knock-on effect worldwide, which is why Stirling’s Institute of Aquaculture has a lot to be proud of.”


Head of the Institute of Aquaculture, Profess Brian Austin said: “Aquaculture has been growing steadily and now contributes over 50% of the fish consumed worldwide. The Institute of Aquaculture is proud of its world renowned reputation and long standing involvement in this important industry.


“We work in close association both with UK and overseas governments, international organisations and industry to develop innovative technologies and creative approaches for the future.”