Institute of Aquaculture
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CTA. 1994. Institute of Aquaculture. Spore 52. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Institute of Aquaculture, based at the University of Stirling in central Scotland, is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence for aquaculture, training, research and development, and is the largest Institute of its kind in the...
The Institute of Aquaculture, based at the University of Stirling in central Scotland, is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence for aquaculture, training, research and development, and is the largest Institute of its kind in the world. The Institute's mission is the development of sustainable aquaculture systems in both temperate and tropical marine and freshwater environments and its staff have pioneered research in many aspects of fish and shellfish production. Research is concentrated in the areas of nutrition, reproduction and genetics, disease and environmental studies. The results of these are studies being integrated into a systems approach to aquaculture. The Institute has excellent facilities for both teaching and research, with extensive aquarium facilities, including a 1500m2 tropical fish husbandry building allowing work on species such as tilapia, carp and catfish to be carried out under closely controlled conditions. There is also a specialist unit for both marine and freshwater prawn research. Associations with research institutions in many other countries provide links and research opportunities in several major centres of tropical aquaculture. In Thailand the Institute has an important EC-ASEAN funded project with the National Aquaculture genetics Research Institute on the genetics and reproductive technology of commercial species, particularly puntius gonionotus. Also in Thailand, the Institute has played an important role in an ODA-funded programme to establish the Aquatic Animal Health Research Institute in Bangkok as a regional centre of excellence in all aspects of fish disease. Cooperative research programmes in prawn culture are established in Malaysia and Thailand and a recent new development has been a project on mangrove development and rehabilitation with a number of countries in south-east Asia. The Institute offers many consultancy services, most of which are offered through Stirling Aquaculture, a fully commercial consultancy company, which is able to support design, development and management projects of all types. Recent services include environmental impact statements, design studies, literature surveys and project management, including a large scale cage-culture operation in Malta. In addition the Institute has veterinary diagnostic service and environmental monitoring services. Institute facilities are also available for contract research, most notably in nutrition and the development of new pharmaceutical compounds. A wide variety of training opportunities are available within the Institute, including a BSc in Aquaculture and internationally renowned MSc courses in Aquaculture, Aqua tic Pa Phatobiology and Aquatic Veterinary Studies. A comprehensive PhD programme is also available. Shorter specialist courses on a group or individual basis are carried out at Stirling, but may also be organized overseas. The largest of these is an annual 8-week course held at the Institute on Aquaculture and Fisheries Extension in July and August. This covers practical extension and communication skills, practical economics and a range of development issues. The Institute also produces several journals, the monthly Aquaculture and fisheries management, the bi-monthly Journal of fish diseases and the quarterly Aquaculture nutrition. Institute of Aquaculture University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA Scotland UK