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Food For the Future: Understanding the Challenges and Options for Sustainable Food Production in England using Recirculating Aquaculture Systems

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Fully enclosed RAS

With increasing concerns around food security in the face of growing populations, climate change and recent global events, such as the Ukraine invasion, the UK government is turning their attention to new and innovative ways of meeting future food demands …

Breaking the Green Tide: Developing innovative techniques to tackle nuisance green seaweed mats in coastal areas of England and France

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Coastal areas of the Channel Manche region (between England and France) have an excess level of nutrients (such as nitrogen) from river run-off and urban discharges, which causes excessive growth of green algal mats. Seaweeds will begin to build up …

International Women’s Day 2023 – celebrating our international female colleagues

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scientist in laboratory studying AMR

Cefas is marking International Women’s Day by inviting our female colleagues that we work with overseas on some of our international projects, to share their science and how we work together. We aim to celebrate the amazing work that is …

Antimicrobial resistance- working internationally to support local action

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People stood at a flip chart discussing ideas

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW) takes place this week, 18-24th November 2022, and aims to increase awareness of global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to encourage best practices to avoid further emergence and spread of drug-resistant microbes. Cefas, the Animal and Plant …

Fish Health Inspectorate: protecting wild and farmed aquatic animals

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Fish Farm inspection

Serious diseases pose a threat to aquatic animal health both in aquaculture and in the wild. Many of these diseases have no effective treatment and have the potential to cause high numbers of mortalities in aquatic animals, with the consequent …

Shellfish sleuths- seafood-borne human illness investigations

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norovirus investigations

One of the less well-known aspects of Cefas’ seafood safety work is in support of seafood-borne human illness investigations. In the UK, an estimated 12,000-14,000 people per year experience sickness and diarrhoea after eating seafood, usually raw oysters. Frequently shellfish-borne …

Cefas evidence supports successful prosecution in the Environment Agency versus Southern Water wastewater permit breaches case

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Cockles on Shellness Beach, Kent

Southern Water have recently been fined a record £90m for deliberately pouring sewage into sea. The Environment Agency also highlighted their response to the case which saw 6,971 unpermitted sewage discharges taking place in Kent, Hampshire and Sussex between 2010 …