Dr Adam Hughes is a marine ecologist with over 20 years’ experience working in marine resource management. For the last 8 years he has been working mainly on the development of sustainable mariculture. This has involved developing close links with small and large companies to diversify the industry and develop alternate high value products.
With global food security becoming more dependent on food farmed in the sea, producing that food in sustainably is becoming increasing important. I am a researcher and 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 am the coordinator of the 5.7 M€ FP7 project IDREEM (Increasing Industrial Efficiency in European Mariculture) in which 15 partners across Europe aim to develop and to assess the social, economic and environmental performance of IMTA (Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture). He is the Research Area Lead for Aquaculture at SAMS, chair the UHI Aquaculture Knowledge Exchange Hub, convenor of the MASTS sustainable aquaculture forum and an honorary research fellow at the University of the Seychelles.