Stir­ling deal to fund new £17m In­sti­tute of Aqua­cul­ture

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A NEW £17 mil­lion In­sti­tute of Aqua­cul­ture will be built at Stir­ling Univer­sity as part of a £90.2 mil­lion city re­gion deal de­signed to drive eco­nomic growth, it was an­nounced on May 31.

The money - £45.1 mil­lion each for Stir­ling and Clack­man­nan­shire – is be­ing in­vested by the Scot­tish and UK gov­ern­ments, and will also sup­port a £5 mil­lion new In­ter­na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Cen­tre at the univer­sity.

The new Global Aquatic Food Se­cu­rity cen­tre will form part of a new in­no­va­tion hub which will op­er­ate four aquatic re­search fa­cil­i­ties.

Unique in the UK, the hub will pro­vide the full range of ma­rine en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions, and cre­ate re­search and devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow Scot­tish aqua­cul­ture skills and prod­ucts.

Univer­sity prin­ci­pal Pro­fes­sor Gerry McCor­mac said: ‘In­vest­ment in world-class re­search through the City Deal will en­able our re­searchers to fur­ther tackle some of the world’s most press­ing prob­lems.

‘By work­ing in part­ner­ship, we can un­leash our eco­nomic po­ten­tial, de­liv­er­ing a unique source of jobs, growth, and skills devel­op­ment, both for Stir­ling, and the wider Scot­tish and UK economies.’

Speak­ing ahead of a visit to the univer­sity’s ex­ist­ing In­sti­tute of Aqua­cul­ture, Scot­tish Sec­re­tary David Mun­dell said:‘ The am­bi­tious and in­no­va­tive deal will drive eco­nomic growth across the re­gion, cre­at­ing jobs and boost­ing pros­per­ity for gen­er­a­tions to come.

‘It is now for Stir­ling and Clack­man­nan­shire to get on with the hard work needed to turn these pro­pos­als into a re­al­ity.

‘To­day’s an­nounce­ment brings the UK gov­ern­ment’s in­vest­ment in UK City Re­gion Deals in Scot­land to more than £1 bil­lion.

‘All of Scot­land’s seven cities ei­ther have, or are in ne­go­ti­a­tion for, a deal. And talks are also un­der way on the Bor­der­lands and Ayr­shire growth deals,’ said Mun­dell (pic­tured be­low with the IoA’s Herve Mi­gaud).

‘The UK gov­ern­ment is work­ing hard to boost eco­nomic growth right across the UK.We want to work with the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment where we can to en­sure the sus­tain­abil­ity and pros­per­ity of Scot­land’s econ­omy.’

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