Welcome to the Institute of Aquaculture,
the top rated aquaculture department in the UK

We are the top-rated aquaculture research and training department in the UK, the leading international centre in our field, the largest of our kind and in the top 150 of World University Rankings of schools of agriculture. We combine cross-disciplinary, world class research on environments, reproduction, genetics, aquatic health, nutrition and feed supplies, on production systems, markets, and on social and economic impacts to meet the wide range of challenges faced as aquaculture grows to meet global demands. Our research and training focuses on fundamental questions relating to strategies for sustainable aquaculture, whether in modern commercial markets or in feeding poor communities in developing countries. Our research is loosely focused in four groups (below) with substantial inter-group activity responding to the challenges posed by the growth and development of world aquaculture and facing the complex, multidiscipinary issues of sustaining aquatic food security through the 21st century.

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Latest news

Stirling Salmon Science Symposium
22 Aug 2016

Update on the Institute of Aquaculture Executive Committee
5 Jul 2016

Institute partner project wins innovation award
7 Jun 2016

PhD studentship: Effects of light on commercially relevant traits in Atlantic salmon
30 May 2016

PhD Opportunity: Salmon louse treatment efficacies
23 May 2016

Sustainable Aquaculture Group


We address Sustainability and Resilience of the Sector resulting in improved Aquatic Food Security. Our activities are strongly integrated across the group and encompass environmental modelling, carrying capacity, spatial analysis, biodiversity & new species, international development, securing and improving fishers' livelihoods, value chains and life cycle assessment, much of this operates within the Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture.
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Nutrition Group


We research development of feeds utilizing alternative oil and protein sources as replacements for traditional fish oils and meals aimed at increasing sustainability of the industry while maintaining or improving nutritional quality for the consumer. We work on fish as principal sources of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids which play key roles in human nutrition, being important for development of the nervous system, and in the prevention and therapy of various pathological conditions.
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Institute celebrates year of success at annual exhibition
20 May 2016

Three internship positions available
20 May 2016

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity: Lumpsucker for sea lice control
16 May 2016

PhD studentship: Lumpsucker for sea lice control
10 May 2016

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Health and Welfare Group

Water sampling

We have diverse interests in all aspects of research on aquatic animal disease with active sub-groups focused on histopathology, microbiology, virology, parasitology and immunology. The Aquatic Population Health and Welfare sub-group covers aquatic animal epidemiology and welfare at population level. We also provide consultancy services in veterinary diagnostics and vaccine and therapueutant testing.
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Genetics and Reproduction

Bangla pond

Our focus is on the management of broodstock and the production of fish as a controllable and sustainable resource. We study the control of maturation and puberty, development and management of programmes of selective breeding, mechanisms of sex differentiation and gender control, and basic research on important traits and genes, combining new techniques of molecular biology and genomics with whole animal studies of physiology and function.
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