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Animal bioscience and aquaculture

Supporting animal and fish health in our region

ANIMAL BIOSCIENCE AND AQUACULTURE

There's a breadth of work in animal health across the Highlands and Islands, from academia, public sector and industry, with expertise ranging from aquaculture (marine and freshwater) to farm and domestic animals.

In little more than 40 years aquaculture has developed from a handful of research projects into an industry that provides Scotland’s highest value food product – farmed salmon. Though other fin fish and shellfish species are farmed here it is Atlantic salmon which dominates the industry with five businesses responsible for some 90% of the 189,000 tonnes produced in 2017.

Supporting a direct workforce of over 1,700 the industry provides jobs in small communities along our coastline. 

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) and the Rivers and Lochs Institute at the University of the Highlands and Islands are only two examples of the academic expertise that is present in our region.

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Sector in numbers

10000

jobs in Scotland dependent on salmon farming

24

aquaculture research organisations

97

of Scotland's aquaculture production in our region

16

researchers specialising in animal disease at SRUC Inverness

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Aquaculture healthcare

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