Institute of Aquaculture (UoS)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
University of Stirling
University of Stirling, Stirling, PO: FK9 4LA (United Kingdom)
University of Stirling, Institute of Aquaculture, Faculty of Natural Sciences,, Stirling, PO: FK9 4LA, Stirlingshire (United Kingdom)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
United Kingdom
Provider Country:
United Kingdom
Marine Environmental Research Laboratory (MERL) | Niall Bromage Fresh water Research Unit (NBFRU) | Stirling Experimental Aquatic Facilities
Current Status:
Operational since 1971
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The Institute of Aquaculture is an international centre in aquaculture and the largest of its kind in the world.We lead the world in our vision to tackle global problems of food security, hunger and sustainability through aquaculture.We have an international reputation for our teaching, world-class research, technological innovation and consultancy in aquaculture.

RI Keywords
Aquaculture, Environmental research, Fishery research
RI Category
In situ Marine/Freshwater Observatories
Biological/Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology/Nanotechnology Research Facilities
Animal facilities
Scientific Domain
Earth and Environmental Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Health and Food
Vaccine and therapeutant testing

We were the first European centre working primarily on aquaculture research to receive a statement of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) compliance, and since 1994 we have conducted studies in both clinical and non-clinical fields. We’ve specially designed facilities available for testing new vaccines or therapeutants for the aquaculture industry. All medicines approved for use in animals and bound for human consumption, must be safe and meet limits on tissue residues. Our studies are performed in compliance with GLP and Good Clinical Practice (veterinarian) (GCPv). Our experience and expertise cover: Vaccine Safety and Efficacy testing Antimicrobial Safety and Efficacy testing Feed performance Studies Toxicity testing We can work on any species but have particular experience with: Atlantic salmon Rainbow trout Brown Trout Arctic Charr Pangasius catfish Tilapia Carp Barramundi

Stirling Aquaculture and environmental consultancy

We’ve been providing environmental survey services to the aquaculture industry, water authorities and private clients since 1984. We specialise in providing core environmental consultancy that allow our clients to fulfil their statutory and regulatory needs. Our consultancy ranges from monitoring of water quality to providing advice on site developments and environmental impact. We’re a dedicated and experienced team of researchers, scientists and technicians. We also work with countries who are developing their aquaculture sectors and help then to minimise adverse environmental and social impacts.

Tropical fish sales

We’re home to five pure strains of Tilapia, including the Stirling Gold Nile Tilapia. Whilst we are primarily a research facility, we would consider the sale of small numbers of stock. All enquiries should be directed through our main aquaculture contact details.

Broodstock and smolt management advice

We’re world leading experts in breeding and genetic improvement. We support commercial broodstock management and on-growing practices for established and new fish species. This includes characterisation of reproductive development, guidance and implementation of optimal biotech approaches to maturation control, light set-up and efficiency, population sexing and maturation (sex steroid profiling, ultrasound scanning), smoltification regimes and monitoring (ATPase activity) etc.

Sea lice drug-resistance testing

We offer lab-based testing and monitoring for infection, genetic resistance and drug-resistance of sea lice, allowing us to fight infections. We've a fantastic track record with sea lice, and are the only facility in the UK to have a range of sea lice strains including drug-naïve strains. We’ve an in-depth understanding of the sea lice life cycle allowing us to investigate and identify how to combat this serious production and welfare issue.

Veterinary diagnostics