This research will develop technical guidelines for tilapia production, appropriate to integration within farms as a diversification strategy. The current knowledge/perceptions of industry and consumers will be examined, especially regarding sustainability including health benefits and food safety, costs and risks. Social and economic factors that may facilitate or obstruct consumers' propensity to access new products will be identified.

The comparative advantage of domestic production compared with the potential threat of imports will be explored and sustainability concerns on SME fish farming enterprise decision-making examined.


Research will be conducted both at Stirling University, with commercial partners, and along the marketing chain between producer and ultimate consumers. Techniques will involve mixed methods drawn from qualitative, quantitative and case study approaches from all the disciplines involved. These will include an assessment of production models derived from current and potential systems to identify costs and benefits of using organic, and/or traceable and locally produced feeds. Fish production units within conventional recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) will be compared with those managed as activated suspension technology units (AST) that promise to eliminate negative environmental impacts, improve efficiencies, enhance animal welfare and produce greater amenity value to rural areas. Market assessment will be explored by means of consumer focus groups and in-depth interviews with organisational channel members, including processors, retailers, foodservice and other relevant interest groups.

These components will feed into current understanding in respect of production and existing perceptions of food safety, health and dietary communications. Scoping exercises, use of environmental impact assessments (EIAs), environmental health impact assessments (EHIAs) and public health impact assessments (PHIAs) will be used.

A sustainability impact assessment (SIA) will then be worked up to help explore and present complex interactions and perhaps competing and conflicting results - drawing on natural and social sciences and tested by marketing. Stakeholder meetings will be used to inform those involved of the research design and outcomes and give opportunities for feedback to the research design and its use in the policy environment.



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Warm water fish production as a diversification strategy for arable farmers

Author: A. Liddon Date: Thursday, August 20, 2009 Other publication/report

Warmwater fish production as a niche production and market diversification strategy

Author: D. Little Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 Conference paper/presentation

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Annex

Author: David Little Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Full research report

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Full research report

Author: David Little Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Full research report

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Non-technical summary

Author: David Little Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 Research summary

Options for producing a warm-water fish in the UK : limits to 'green growth'?

Author: David Little Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008 Journal article

Assessing the sustainability of tilapia farming in Thailand : implications for producing tilapia in the UK

Creator: Ben Belton Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Seminar/workshop

Warmwater fish production as a niche production and market diversification strategy for organic arable farmers with implications for sustainability and public health

Author: Anton Immink Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Website

Do farmers need to change their ideas about diversification?

Creator: David Little Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Presentation/lecture

Tilapia project presentation

Creator: Francis Murray Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Presentation/lecture

Tilapia project presentation

Creator: Francis Murray Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Presentation/lecture

Fish on the farm

Creator: David Little Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Presentation/lecture

A new approach to tilapia in the UK – based on activated suspension technology and niche markets’

Creator: David Little Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Presentation/lecture

Warm water fish production as a niche market & diversification strategy for UK farmers

Creator: David Little Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Presentation/lecture

A new approach to tilapia in the UK – based on activated suspension technology and niche market

Creator: James Young Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Presentation/lecture

Tilapia UK…ok

Creator: David Little Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Presentation/lecture

Tilapia UK…ok?

Creator: David Little Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Presentation/lecture

Opportunity, necessity and entrepreneurial success: a farming perspective

Author: Peter Rosa Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Conference paper/presentation

Production of microbial protein using activated suspension technique (AST) in indoor tanks

Author: Ekram Azim Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Conference paper/presentation

Production of microbial protein using activated suspension technique (AST) in artificial ponds

Author: Ekram Azim Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Conference paper/presentation

Multidisciplinary perspectives on an emergent fish product : the tank of British tilapia

Author: James Young Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Conference paper/presentation

Farmer information pack

Creator: Francis Murray Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Guide

Use of gill condition to assess welfare of tilapia raised in two intensive production systems

Recipient: Yann Vincent Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Thesis/dissertation

Evaluation of welfare and organoleptic criteria of Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) grown in activated suspension technology systems

Recipient: Claire-Emmanuelle Bue Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Thesis/dissertation

Organic aquaculture : status and trends

Recipient: Nabi Nassif Date: Thursday, April 24, 2008 Thesis/dissertation

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Start date
Monday, January 3, 2005
End date
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Grant holder
Dr David Little
Co-applicants
Professor James Young
Grant amount
$307,463.25
Grant reference
RES-224-25-0066
Discipline
Interdisciplinary Studies
Grant type