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

  • #SWELA20 in numbers
    #SWELA20 in numbers
    A total of 262 participants from 38 countries attended the Second Symposium on Welfare in Aquaculture. Overall, it was a very well organized event, the knowledge and information level met all participants expectations. The evaluation report is now available to download....
    In this publication, the authors describe how they adapted the use of laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) to obtain kidney and gonad biopsies from male lumpfish. This has allowed advanced health assessment, direct visualisation of reproductive status, and PCR screening for selected pathogens to pre-assess their suitability as broodstock....



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

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