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New paper on the habitat value of a sugar kelp farm in Cornwall, and the role of different farming schedules and harvesting techniques

Sophie Corrigan, SAF PhD student, has published a new paper on the habitat value of a sugar kelp farm in Cornwall to epibiont species (organisms that attach to the surface of the kelp), and how different farming schedules and harvesting techniques can effect this. This work is helping to inform us on sustainable ecosystem approaches to aquaculture.

Prof Grant Stentiford named as new Cefas Chief Scientist

Grant Stentiford, who is an Honorary Professor with the University of Exeter and Co-Director of the joint centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Futures, has been named as the new Cefas Chief Scientist. 

Multi-million funding for new 'terrestrial blue economy' research

A pioneering new research project, designed to unlock the true potential of sustainable shrimp production in the UK using renewable energy technology, has received a multi-million pound funding boost.

The wonders of seaweed

Lying between ocean and land, and bypassing the issues of overfishing or intensive farming, a quiet revolution is brewing. Seaweed, harvested or farmed, can provide a plant-based fish-like flavour, nutritious food source or packaging material - and even help clean up polluted waters. 

In their latest film, Wicked Leeks visit the The Cornish Seaweed Company and hear about research looking in to the many benefits of seaweed, including an interview with SAF's Dr Ross Brown. Read more....

Gulf HAB workshop proceedings and links to presentations are now available

Predicting HABs in a complex, changing world is difficult – there is no one solution for every situation.

The Arabian Gulf is a unique hypersaline semi-arid environment with extensive shallow regions. Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) here threaten the growth of the aquaculture industry.

A virtual workshop was held in February focused around the development of an early warning system for HABs in the Arabian Gulf. The workshop proceedings and links to recordings of presentations are now available

Bid to protect "blue food" revolution

Scientists have developed a new way to identify and reduce the impact of chemicals and diseases in global aquaculture (fish farming).

Dates confirmed for "Virtual workshop for developing an early warning system for Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in the Arabian Gulf"

The virtual workshop will take place on 22 and 23 February 2022 to explore existing knowledge and data on Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB) and impacts on fisheries and finfish aquaculture in the Arabian Gulf. The workshop is being sponsored by the UK and Kuwait Governments and is endorsed by GlobalHAB.

Click here for HABs Workshop programme

Quick Fish Sampling Guides for Disease Diagnostics

Fish sampling from aquaculture farms, hatcheries or the wild requires specific techniques and skills to collect quality biological samples to screen for pathogens and make accurate disease diagnosis. WorldFish and partners, including SAF scientists, have developed a series of quick fish sampling guides for research activities, routine disease screening and outbreak investigation.

Artificial Intelligence could help predict harmful algal blooms

A new project will develop Artificial Intelligence tools to predict harmful blooms of algae in the ocean.

Meet SAF students: Annabel Rice

Sustainable Aquaculture Futures introduces an interview series with our PhD students to highlight the breadth of research and personalities within SAF.

Meet SAF students: Samantha Treagus

Sustainable Aquaculture Futures introduces an interview series with our PhD students to highlight the breadth of research and personalities within SAF.

Production without medicalisation in Bangladesh aquaculture

Aquaculture farm management practices to reduce disease burden and medicalisation must align to the socio-economic and ecological conditions facing aquaculture farmers in low-middle income countries.

SAF research informs new Aquaculture Strategy for England

Researchers from the Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Futures, SWEEP and the Renewable Energies Department (Penryn) at the University of Exeter have contributed to the recently released English Aquaculture Strategy.

Devon company leading the way in offshore mussel farming

Offshore Shellfish are leading the way in sustainable growth of marine aquaculture.

Funding boost for the next generation of environmental scientists

The University of Exeter and its partners have secured a new £3.5m Centre for Doctoral Training with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to research chemicals in the environment.

Designing a sustainable future for aquaculture, the world’s fastest growing food sector – A One Health approach

Seafood is one of the fastest-growing and highly traded food markets.

SAF student success at Three Minute Thesis competition

Students at Sustainable Aquaculture Futures had success in this year’s Three Minute Thesis competition as part of the University of Exeter’s Postgraduate Research Showcase week.

Sustainable Aquaculture Futures members win papers of the year awards at Cefas

The collaborative centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Futures (SAF) is celebrating double success in the Cefas Paper of the Year competition.

Rapid genomic detection of aquaculture pathogens

The 2019 Inspire Challenge project supported by Sustainable Aquaculture Futures uses sequencing technologies and artificial intelligence to enable pondside fish diagnosis.

Solve invasive seaweed problem by turning it into biofuels and fertilisers

UK researchers have developed a cheap and simple way of creating biofuel and fertiliser from seaweed, whilst removing plastic from the oceans and cleaning up tourist beaches in the Caribbean and Central America. 

Predicting the future Fish of the Day: How well do our models work?

Understanding how the physical and biological world reacts to climate change is a challenge that science must contend with.

Genetics expertise could transform fish production

A recent review of research highlights how genetics can support development of sustainable aquaculture for global food security.