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Aquaculture funding to boost science jobs

An aquaculture project at Swansea University aimed at boosting science jobs and the number of aquaculture businesses in Wales has received £1.4 million in funding from the EU.

The £2 million Smartaqua project is based at the university's Centre for Sustainable Aquatics Research (CSAR), where scientists are working alongside the sector's current businesses in Wales to develop and use advanced new technology for the specialised aquaculture market.

The main areas the project will focus on the development of cleaner methods of fish production, developing fish for biomedical research and the development of environmentally, friendly aquafeeds and nutraceuticals.

The project also hopes to create a number of new science jobs and science sales jobs by supporting new and current jobs within the Welsh aquaculture sector.

In response to the funding announcement, CSAR professor Carlos Garcia de Leaniz stated that it would significantly aid the support of the industry in Wales, while also boosting the number of science roles available across the country.

"This scheme will drive forward scientific research to help businesses further develop aquaculture industry in Wales," Mr de Leaniz added. "This is a specialised sector with the potential to provide significant economic opportunities, particularly in rural areas."

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