Aquatic food security and safety
Research on biology, ecology, nutrition, genetics, physiology, disease, human health, domestication and status of wild and aquaculture production species and systems.
To meet the future animal protein demands of the growing human population food production from both wild and farmed aquatic species needs to be undertaken in a sustainable and efficient manner. Ensuring that this food can be produced in large volumes, provides optimal health benefits to human communities and is safe to consume, while creating a minimal environmental footprint will ensure long-term benefits from production. The CSTFA has a broad range of skills in wild fisheries and aquaculture systems to provide maximum production while minimising ecological costs. This includes skills for:
- improved production for farmed aquatic species through feed development, genetic improvement, refinement of hatchery production techniques, animal health, systems design and domestication of new aquaculture species
- maximising benefits from wild capture fisheries through fishery assessments, understanding the biology and ecology of target, byproduct and bycatch species, and animal health and environmental monitoring.
Researchers within the Aquatic Food Security and Safety Research Theme are organised into 4 sub-themes: