The National Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Hub will create the UK’s leading innovation community for sustainable aquatic food production. It will lead the development and deployment of the new technologies and systems required to support growth in the production of aquatic food for human consumption, while reducing the impact on natural resources. This is a vital, timely initiative if the UK’s leading position in global aquaculture is to be secured and enhanced.

Through the national hub, aquaculture and related companies will work to create, develop and test their new technologies and services for the global marketplace. As the UK’s leading
centre for aquaculture research, the University of Stirling is uniquely placed to lead the delivery of the National Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Hub.

UK Government investment of £17 million through the City Region Deal will provide the capital infrastructure on which this innovation community will be built. Situated on the
University of Stirling campus, the state-of-the-art experimental aquatic facilities, suite of next generation analytical laboratories and dedicated enterprise, incubation and accelerator space
will bring our ambition to life.

In order to maximise the return on investment, and deliver the largest possible increase in capacity, these developments will be integrated with the University’s wider aquaculture
research, development and innovation infrastructure which includes a large-scale marine facility at Machrihanish in Kintyre and a freshwater facility at Buckieburn near Denny.

The University of Stirling also intends to develop the National Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Hub in a synergistic fashion with the other University-led City Region Deal project,
Scotland’s International Environment Centre, to realise maximum added value from the total investment.