LINK Aquaculture was sponsored by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the Scottish Executive, Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD) and NERC. These organisations put in £5.15m. Industry contributed a minimum of 50 per cent to the cost of each project, taking the total investment in LINK Aquaculture to over £10m.
The majority of NERC-supported research was into quantifying or minimising the environmental impact of aquaculture. For example, researchers investigated reducing the use of chemical treatments for diseases, collecting and disposing of waste from freshwater cage aquaculture, and the environmental impacts and sustainability of mussel cultivation. More about the LINK Aquaculture programme