The Aquatic Population Health and Welfare group works on projects spanning health, welfare and biodiversity, answering important questions about aquatic animals and the challenges they experience across scales from the individual animal to nationwide and beyond. The methods we use for data collection range from collection of biological samples, through working with stakeholders, to accessing existing farm and national data resources. We examine issues from health and welfare on individual farms to strategic planning at a local or national level and international biodiversity issues. At the heart of what we do is effective analysis and modeling of data, working with a wide range of people to turn scientific understanding into effective management of aquatic resources.

Listed below are a few projects we have recently worked on.


Networks and disease spread

This project has come about in collaboration with Fisheries Research Services at Aberdeen looking at the network of live fish movements in Scotland.

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Epidemiology of pancreas disease

This disease is currently a leading cause of mortality in the Scottish salmon industry, but relatively little is known of its epidemiology or patterns of virulence.

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Spread of harmful organisms

This project had the specific aim of developing practical strategies for reducing the spread of harmful organisms during the transportation of live fish.

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Benchmarking & data collection

Sentinel Farms was a SARF funded initiative to create a scheme for benchmarking data collected by trout farms within the UK

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Control of RTGE

This project explored ways of controlling Rainbow Trout Gastro Enteritis (RTGE) or Summer Enteritis, an economically damaging, emerging disease of the European trout farming industry that has been recorded in the UK, France, Spain Italy and Croatia.

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Large EU funded project that aimed to explore the costs and benefits of potential welfare interventions in a range of species farmed within Europe.

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