Monday, March 14, 2011

Fears for world class aquaculture institute as university faces UK£2m deficit

A world class Scottish academic institution that does vital work to provide food for developing countries is set to axe up to a third of its work force to cope with a cash crisis, Scotland on Sunday has learned. Around 20 staff at Stirling University's Institute of Aquaculture face redundancy as the university attempts to claw-back a UK£2 million deficit. Staff fear the redundancies some of them expected to be compulsory will see the end of the largest centre of excellence of its kind in the UK, regarded as a world leader in aquatic culture research, teaching and consultancy.

The Institute of Aquaculture, which employs a total full time equivalent staff of 56, has forged links with Malawi, Asia and Bangladesh. Aquaculture is the world's fastest growing animal production industry producing almost half of the world's food fish supply. It is worth around £450m to the Scottish economy - more than the fishing industry. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers.

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