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Minimising the Impacts of Intensive Aquaculture in the face of Climate Change

Cluster Leader: Dr Sonia Consuegra, Swansea University

  • Directly addresses the three main challenges for sustainable aquaculture (reducing its ecological footprint, reducing the risk of disease transmission, and controlling the inadvertent introduction of invasive species)
  • Novel approach considering simultaneously the roles of genetic and non-genetic effects on fish domestication and response to crowding
  • Combines new molecular techniques with the power of citizen science to develop innovative methods of early detection and management of invasive species in relation to Aquaculture and Fisheries

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AQUAWALES is a partnership between:

Swansea University

Aberystwyth University

Cardiff University

Bangor University

  • Dr Andrew Foote

Natural Resources Wales

  • Mr Peter Gough
  • Dr Tristan Hatton-Ellis

Cardiff Harbour Authority

  • Mr David Hall


  • Mr Eric Roderick


  • Mr Dave Kilbey

Pontus Aqua

  • Dr Jack M. James


  • Dr Brendan Gara

Wye & Usk Foundation

  • Dr Stephen Marsh-Smith

Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (CIBIO)

  • Dr Rauquel Xavier