Aquaculture – the production of aquatic organisms – is the world’s fastest growing food industry, but it is also highly competitive.

SMARTAQUA will target four non-food aquaculture areas:

Cleaner fish

Lump fish

to clean salmon of sea lice

Fish for aquaria

Aquarium fish

Fish for aquaria



Using algae to improve fish feeds and food supplements

Laboratory fish

Laboratory Fish

To advance biomedical research

SMARTAQUA offers science-driven companies:

• Access to a network of researchers, aquaculture boards, and multinational businesses
• Access to scientific expertise and guidance on fish and algae biotechnology
• Opportunities to get involved with collaborative R&D projects

Together we will:

 Establish a network for non-food aquaculture businesses and academic collaboration in Wales
Develop new products and processes to support economic growth
Support inward investment
Promote science excellence

Click on the links below to learn how SMARTAQUA can help your business:



The Stakeholder Advisory Group provides advice on the overall direction and specific issues of the operation of SMARTAQUA

The terms of reference for the group can be found here

SMARTAQUA research resulted in nine Standard Operation Procedures adopted by the industry

  • “Thank you for providing us with your standard operation procedures, feeding plans, and advice on the biofilters, etc. The SOPs have been very useful as were the feeding plans”
    Hatchery Operative, Ocean Matters
  • “Your standard operating procedures (SOP’s) for lumpfish production have proven very useful”.
    Facility and Business Manager, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.
  • “The research we have engaged in since 2014/15 has influenced all of the Cleanerfish sector in the UK …. it has been very satisfying to see protocols we developed and practiced at CSAR being adopted by the broader industry.”
    Director, The Cleaner Fish Company



The Lumpfish Standard Operation Procedures are available to download in PDF format


Latest News

  • SMARTAQUA Technicians Nominated for Award
    SMARTAQUA Technicians Nominated for Award
      Since 2014, Swansea University has awarded research excellence through its annual Research and Innovation Awards. The awards recognise the quality, relevance and positive global impact of Swansea University’s research and its potential to inspire. In 2022, SMARTAQUA technicians were nominated for an “Outstanding Technician’s Contribution Award”....
  • SMARTAQUA is Supporting European Research and Innovation Action Proposal
    SMARTAQUA is Supporting European Research and Innovation Action Proposal
      Based on the outstanding research output of the SMARTAQUA project, members of the project team have been invited to participate in a Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Action proposal. The project aims to address animal health and welfare issues, that are of high research priority for...



SMARTAQUA: aquaculture beyond food is supported by the Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund.

Registered Address

Swansea University
Singleton Park,