The human population is estimated to increase to 9 billion by 2050, requiring a 60 per cent increase in food production by 2050, and 50 per cent more protein by 2030. With only modest increases of agriculture production and more than 80 per cent of the world’s fisheries fully exploited, aquaculture is an increasingly important contributor to food security. Global aquaculture production has been expanding at a compound rate of more than 8 per cent per annum over the past three decades.
Our research at Plymouth University helps to underpin the sustainability of this expanding industry through fundamental and applied research to improve aquatic animal nutrition and health, and through our MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture Systems programme, we are training future aquaculture practitioners and policy makers.
Our current research programme includes BBSRC, NERC, Innovate UK and industrial funding across a range of projects aimed at protection against sea lice parasitism, microbiome characterisation, gut health and use of algae and other raw materials to fish meal and fish oil in aquafeeds.