Adam Hughes

  • Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Aquaculture - Scottish Association from Marine Science

Research interests

With global food security becoming more dependent on food farmed in the sea, producing that food sustainably is becoming increasingly important. I am a researcher and senior lecturer in sustainable aquaculture focusing on the development of economically and environmentally sustainable production systems for marine plants and animals.

Much of my work focuses on the diversification of the aquaculture industry into novel species and products. Within my current post I have secured grants in excess of 8M€ from a range of national, international and industrial (direct funding from companies) institutions. This has included writing and coordinating the 5.7 M€ FP7 project IDREEM (Increasing Industrial Efficiency in European Mariculture) in which 15 partners across Europe aim to develop and assess the social, economic and environmental performance of IMTA (Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture).

Increasingly my work is based around the development of aquaculture and the Blue economy in low and middle income countries and I have advised the Commonwealth Secretariat on the development of aquaculture, biotechnology and marine renewables in Small Island Developing States. I have ongoing projects in this area in Mauritius and Madagascar,  and have worked recently in Kenya, Tanzania, India and China.

I currently lead a research group of six PhD students and three post docs who research all aspects of aquaculture from lipidomics to social license to operate. Previously I have sat on a number of ministerial working groups for the development of sustainable aquaculture. I am the Research Area Lead for the Blue Economy at SAMS.