4th June 2018
Dean today had the opportunity to see first-hand how the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Deal will make a real difference, during a visit to the University of Stirling's Institute of Aquaculture.
Aquaculture is a key growth sector both in Scotland and internationally. With global populations increasing and climate change presenting new challenges to the production and distribution of food, innovative and transformational techniques are needed in order to farm the best fish in the healthiest and most efficient ways
During the visit, Mr Lockhart heard how the institute will benefit from £17m of funding from the UK Government to establish a new development for the Institute of Aquaculture which will form part of a new Aquaculture Innovation Hub, which will operate four aquatic research facilities.
Unique in the UK, the hub will provide the full range of marine environmental conditions, and create research and development opportunities to grow the export of Scottish aquaculture skills and products.
Dean was also given information on how the institute researchers are driving productivity within the sector, including through the development of vaccines, aquatic food security, nutrition and welfare.