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Find out more about some of the projects currently ongoing in SAF. Much of this work involves extensive collaborations; within University of Exeter biosciences and other departments, with Cefas partners, and with other research institutions and industry.

Aquaculture Research Collaborative Hub for the UK

ARCH UK (Aquaculture Research Collaborative Hub for the UK) is a joint BBSRC and NERC project to support high-quality, innovative research and address strategic challenges facing UK aquaculture. 

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This is project is being led by Ross Brown, Martin Lilley and Charles Tyler from the University of Exeter, with Jamie Shutler and Chris Lowe the University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, and Yuri Artioli and Ricardo Torres from PML.

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University of Exeter researchers are working with a team led by Cornwall Port Authority to develop and trial a range of innovative technologies for monitoring and modelling the development of harmful algal blooms (HABs).

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This project is led by Professor Tyler at the University of Exeter and Dr David Bass from Cefas and brings together an international consortium of biologists, social scientists, policy experts and NGOs from the UK, India, Bangladesh and Malawi.

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WorldFish is an international, non-profit research organisation that harnesses the potential of fisheries and aquaculture to reduce hunger and poverty.

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This project will elucidate the adaptive capacity of marine mussels across their global range when exposed to changing environmental conditions

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SAF was launched to bring together experts from academia, government and industry to support in the sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry. Find out more about how SAF scientists have recently coordinated efforts to support stakeholders in influencing Marine Strategy, Policy and Regulation.


Fish sampling from aquaculture farms, hatcheries or the wild requires specific techniques and skills to collect quality biological samples to screen for pathogens and make accurate disease diagnosis. WorldFish and partners, including SAF scientists, have developed a series of quick fish sampling guides for research activities, routine disease screening and outbreak investigation.

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