University of St Andrews

Research team engages with aquaculture industry

Monday 31 August 2015

St Andrews and Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) researchers have recently returned from the Shetland Isles, following the completion of field sampling for a new BBSRC/NERC-funded project led by Professor Bill Austin.

Working from the M.V. Moder Dy with the support of colleagues at the NAFC Marine Centre, the team (Bill Austin, Cathy Winterton and Laura Smith) sampled a number of marine aquaculture sites around the Central Mainland and West Mainland of Shetland.
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As part of the visit to Shetland, the team contributed to a knowledge exchange event with representatives from local aquaculture businesses, which was organised by Ruth Henderson, Chief Executive officer at Seafood Shetland. Contributing to the event were SAMS PhD student Cathy Winterton and DGSD Geography undergraduate Laura Smith. Professor Austin noted "the knowledge exchange event organised by Seafood Shetland was a great opportunity for us to explain our research and make valuable contacts with the local aquaculture industry; it was greatly encouraging to see the level of interest in our research at such an early stage and its potential to make a real difference to the understanding of the risks posed to the aquaculture industry from harmful and toxic algae". 
Laura, a native of Shetland and currently about to enter her final year at St Andrews, was a member of the research team and collected sample material for her own honours dissertation project, which she will complete during the next 9 months of her Geography degree.
The photograph below shows Laura aboard the M.V. Moder Dy after collecting seabed surface sediments (credit: Cathy Winterton).
Photo of Laura Smith