Services and Consultancy


UHI Aquaculture Hub - Services and Consultancy

The university is dedicated to supporting the aquaculture industry with a comprehensive programme that focuses on the science, technology, and training required for the sustainable production of seafood products. Our partnerships with businesses across the entire aquaculture supply chain allow us to offer practical solutions and collaborate on long-term projects with producers, processors, and retailers of all sizes.

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We provide a wide range of services tailored to the needs of the aquaculture sector, including:

  • Bioassays and Analytical Testing: Our laboratories are equipped to conduct various bioassays and analytical tests to ensure the safety and quality of seafood products.

  • Genetic Trait Selection: We specialize in genetic trait selection for fish species, aiding in the development of breeds that are more robust, productive, and suited to sustainable practices.

  • Environmental Modelling: Our expertise in environmental modelling helps assess the impact of aquaculture operations on surrounding ecosystems and supports sustainable development.

Additionally, we offer specialized consultancy services to support aquaculture projects, such as:

  • Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs): Our team conducts thorough EIAs to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and to support the approval process for new projects.

  • Consent Support for Marine Projects: We provide expert guidance on obtaining consent for various marine projects, including renewable energy installations.

  • Fish and Marine Mammal Surveys: Our experts carry out detailed surveys to monitor the health and population dynamics of aquatic species.

  • Underwater Noise Surveys: We help measure and analyze underwater noise to mitigate its impact on marine life.

  • Seabed Mapping and Water Quality Analysis: Our comprehensive mapping and analysis services contribute to sustainable aquaculture practices.

  • Vessel and Equipment Hire: We offer a fleet of vessels and a wide range of equipment to support your aquaculture operations.


Examples of Services and Consultancies relevant to the Aquaculture Sector


  • Fish Stocks
  • Trait Selection for Strains
  • Stock Improvement
  • Strain Identification
  • Pedigree Analysis
  • eDNA

Modelling and Monitoring

  • Sea lice production and transport
  • Detecting and forecasting algal blooms
  • Jellyfish monitoring
  • Invasive Species monitoring and impact assessment

Analytical and Chemistry - Health and Welfare

  • Infections - Protein and peptide biomarker identification and quantification
  • Veterinary Medicine – residue testing in environmental matrices
  • Microscopy
  • Sea lice bioassays

Analytical and Chemistry - Environment-Aquaculture Interactions

  • Veterinary Medicines - residue testing in fish and fish products
  • Water quality
  • Discharge Consents – chemical analyses
  • Discharge Consents – physical analyses
  • Organic analyses
  • Analyses of metals
  • Ground resources mapping

Analytical and Chemistry - Nutrition

  • Protein Profiling
  • Lipid Profiling  

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
  • Sea lice production and transport
  • Impacts of invasive species
  • Participatory and deliberative research methods
  • Economic valuation, impact analysis and policy/project appraisal
  • Ecosystem modeling
  • Current and wave modelling
  • 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

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