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UK Aquaculture Initiative: Aquaculture Research Collaborative Hub UK

BBSRC and NERC have committed £650,000 to support a collaborative network in aquaculture. The funding was awarded, through a competitive process, to the Aquaculture Research Collaborative Hub UK (ARCH-UK).


ARCH-UK will foster collaborative activities between academic researchers and business representatives at all career stages to identify and develop new approaches to tackle major research challenges and help deliver key benefits to the UK aquaculture sector. ARCH-UK is interdisciplinary, working across the boundaries of biological and environmental science and encouraging the participation of other disciplines including engineering, economics, social science, remote sensing and computational modelling.

ARCH-UK will facilitate the development of a community of people that works together towards a mutual goal of sustainable aquaculture systems and work with the research councils to help ensure their investments supports high-quality, innovative, research that builds UK academic capability and underpinning capacity and meets the long term needs of the sector. Over the summer of 2017 ARCH-UK worked with a wide range of researchers and stakeholders from the aquaculture community to develop a strategic research and innovation agenda which will inform research council strategy in this area and future ARCH-UK activities.


ARCH-UK will provide a central hub for information sharing, networking and engagement. They will hold Annual Science Meetings to bring together researchers and stakeholders to discuss current and future aquaculture research. They will also identify the need for workshops and/or training and will organise events to address community needs.

Joining ARCH-UK is free and all members of the aquaculture sector are encouraged to engage with ARCH-UK in order to receive news and updates, attend events and provide input on ARCH-UK activities. To join the Network please contact the ARCH-UK coordinators (see external links).


ARCH-UK launched in March 2017 and is led by a management hub of grant holders and coordinators:

  • Professor Andrew Rowley - Swansea University (PI)
  • Professor Brendan McAndrew - University of Stirling (PI)
  • Professor Charles Tyler - University of Exeter (Co-I)
  • Professor Sam Martin - University of Aberdeen (Co-I)
  • Joanna Gosling - University of Stirling (ARCH-UK Coordinator)
  • Elizabeth Vancura - Swansea University (ARCH-UK Coordinator)