Aquaculture is the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, crustaceans, shellfish and algae. Aquaculture has been increasing globally by 8-9% per annum over the last few decades to supply food for the table. In Scotland, production is dominated by farming Atlantic salmon, which is now the largest food export in the UK. The Scottish government has set the Aquaculture industry ambitious targets in terms of production, with the goal to increase salmon production by 50,000 tonnes by 2020. These numbers reflect EU aspirations of doubling production by 2030 to €14 billion.
To increase aquaculture production and its consumption in an environmentally sustainable way, our research efforts will focus on studying the key limiting factors and threats to the aquaculture sector, which include disease, sustainable feed production, and creating marketing tools for the industry to enhance fish consumption by the general public.
Therefore, to satisfy the demand for healthy and nutritious aquaculture products the International Centre for Aquaculture Research and Development (ICARD), based at the University of Aberdeen, aims to play a key role in helping national and global aquaculture farmers and industries achieving their goals.