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Animal bioscience and aquaculture

Supporting animal and fish health in our region


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


jobs in Scotland dependent on salmon farming


aquaculture research organisations


of Scotland's aquaculture production in our region


researchers specialising in animal disease at SRUC Inverness

Wild seaweed harvesting as a diversification opportunity for fishermen

Read our report on wild seaweed harvesting as an opportunity for fishermen to diversify.
The accompanying kelp atlas shows the locations and type of seaweed located around our coastline.

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Fish Vet Group

Fish Vet Group provides services right across the aquaculture value chain, from producers and processors to retailors.

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