£5.1m investment to fund UK aquaculture

Investment across the industry

An investment of £5.1 million is being used to fund 12 projects. Furthermore, funding will contribute towards researching and addressing challenges for aquaculture.

The 12 projects are being funded by United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI). One of the projects involves developing vaccines using algae. The vaccine is designed to keep fish free from disease and help protect the UK’s aquaculture industry.

UKRI investing in research and innovation

Subsequently, other projects include:

  • studying genetics and breeding patterns
  • looking at how shellfish can be more sustainable
  • immunising trout against kidney disease
  • examining how robust salmon are
  • how susceptible to disease they are at sea

Supporting high-quality innovative research

The UK Aquaculture Initiative is a joint BBSRC and NERC project. It will support high-quality, innovative research and address strategic challenges facing UK aquaculture. This investment represents a total of £5.1 million, along with contributions from co-funders AFBI and Cefas and a range of industry partners. As a result, they will collaborate with academic researchers on the projects.

Karen Lewis, BBSRC Executive Director, Innovation & Skills, said, “Aquaculture is a key food production sector for the UK. These projects will improve our understanding of the challenges facing aquaculture production. Moreover, Working together with industry partners, UK researchers will help to address these challenges and contribute to developing a healthy, safe and sustainable aquaculture system. In turn, this will deliver societal and economic benefit for the UK.”


The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.

BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Therefore, our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.

Funded by government, BBSRC invested £498 million in world-class bioscience in 2017-18. Most importantly, we support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. In conclusion, BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

Source: BBSRC

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