Aquaculture is the world’s fastest growing food industry, but it is also highly competitive. In comparison, the non-food aquaculture industry is a niche market, driven by science, where Wales can take the lead

SMARTAQUA will target four non-food aquaculture areas

Cleaner Fish

Lump fish

To clean salmon of sea lice

Aquarium Fish

Aquarium fish

Sustainably bred in captivity



Algae for fish feeds and food supplements

Laboratory fish

Laboratory Fish

Advancing biomedical research

SMARTAQUA offers science-based companies
  • A network of researchers, aquaculture boards and multinational businesses
  • Scientific expertise and guidance on fish and algae biotechnology
  • Collobarative 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 the links below to learn how SMARTAQUA can support your business



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

The group terms of reference can be found here

Latest News

  • SMARTAQUA was at the Super Science Swansea 2020
    SMARTAQUA was at the Super Science Swansea 2020
      More than 3,200 visitors attended “Super Science Swansea”, as part of British Science Week, on Sunday 8th March at the National Waterfront Museum. The SMARTAQUA team were there to welcome everyone and showcase the operation. We were busy as there was only a drop of 10%...
  • Fish welfare in the spotlight
    Fish welfare in the spotlight
      The Fish Site news platform covered the First Symposium on Welfare in Aquaculture. The overview is very positive and illustrates the significant work carried out by the CSAR team: “Swansea University are to be commended for hosting this very informative, timely and balanced look at fish...



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

Registered Address

Swansea University
Singleton Park,