Services and Consultancy


In order to support the aquaculture industry the university has established a substantial programme focused on the science, technology and training that underpins the sustainable production of seafood products. The university works directly with businesses in all aspects of the aquaculture supply chain and has long-term collaborative projects established with producers, processors and retailers of all scales.

We can offer a range of services that are of relevance to aquaculture from bioassays and analytical testing to genetic trait selection in fish species and environmental modelling. We also provide further specialist consultancy services including environmental impact assessments, consent support for marine projects including renewable energy installations, fish and marine mammal surveys, underwater noise surveys, seabed mapping, water quality and microbiological analysis and monitoring, and vessel and equipment hire. 

See also our Skills, education and training solutions for the Aquaculture Sector.pdf

Our capabilities relating to specific service provision includes:

Analytical Testing

  • Protein and lipid profiling of feed sources
  • Identification and quantification of proteins and peptide biomarkers of infection
  • Pigment analysis (astaxanthin)
  • Residue testing of veterinary medicines in environmental matrices and in fish/fish products
  • Chemical and physical analyses required to meet discharge consents
  • Water quality analysis
  • Organic analysis, metals analysis, ground resources mapping, microscopy


  • Sea-lice bioassays


  • Trait selection for strain improvement
  • Strain identification
  • Sexing fish
  • Pedigree analysis

Modelling and Monitoring

  • Detection and forecasting of algal blooms
  • Capacity modelling
  • Jellyfish monitoring
  • Lice production and transport
  • Impacts of invasive species
  • Participatory and deliberative research methods
  • Economic valuation, impact analysis and policy/project appraisal
  • Ecosystem modeling
  • Benthic modelling
  • Pelagic ecosystem modelling


  • Regulation
  • Marine spatial planning
  • Economic and social drivers and effects
  • Stakeholder and policy mapping
  • Reports and consultancies
  • Quantitative social surveys and psychometric surveys
  • Qualitative social research, including interviews and focus groups
  • Ecosystem based management and application of Ecosystems Approaches
  • Integrated social-ecological and ecological-economic approaches
  • Biosecurity planning
  • Biofouling Services
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Microbiological Monitoring
  • Fisheries management
  • Biofuels
  • Shellfish management
  • Stock assessment



For all consultancy enquiries please contact in the first instance: