Georgina Robinson


  • United Kingdom

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My interests lie in the development of sustainable aquaculture technologies that are appropriate to the socio-ecological context of Small Island Developing States in the Western Indian Ocean.

I have over 12 years’ experience in the aquaculture industry in both temperate and tropical environments. In my early career, I developed integrated aquaculture systems in Scotland for the cultivation of Atlantic salmon, sea urchins and seaweed and pioneered the development of sea cucumber and seaweed farming in Madagascar. Since then, I have worked extensively in the field of tropical sea cucumber aquaculture in the Western Indian Ocean and further afield, including including Indonesia, New Caledonia, Madagascar, Tanzania, South Africa, Seychelles, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Mozambique, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Namibia and Thailand.

My research interests focus on understanding how sediment microbial communities and deposit feeding invertebrates interact to process organic matter and how these relationships can be harnessed and manipulated to enhance the bioremediation of aquaculture wastes. My PhD research focused on the development of state-of-the-art integrated aquaculture production and bioremediation systems, to culture high value sea cucumbers on effluent streams from land-based intensive aquaculture. I am particularly interested in the study of organismal and system microbiomes and the role they play in nutrient cycling. I will be pioneering novel techniques and technologies to improve the sustainability of aquaculture by promoting the assimilation and retention of nitrogen into biomass as opposed to its permanent removal.

Services Expertise

I have consulted for a wide range of private sector companies, international organisations, governments and NGO’s including AquaSol, Aqua-Spark, the National Aquaculture Group (NAQUA) in Saudi Arabia, the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.  These have mostly taken the form of commissioned reports, pilot studies, scoping reports and due diligence reviews; a full list of this work can be seen on the 'Activities' tab of my profile.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, Microbial – deposit feeder aquaculture bioremediation systems, Newcastle University

31 Oct 201230 Sept 2016

Award Date: 21 Mar 2017

Bachelor of Science, Marine Science with French, Univsersity of Southampton

1 Sept 19994 Jul 2003

Award Date: 4 Jul 2003

Master in Science, Maîtrise de sciences de l'environnement-océanographie , University of Bordeaux

1 Sept 20014 Jun 2002

Award Date: 8 Jul 2002


  • Q Science (General)
  • Alternative livelihoods; Aquaculture; Biodiversity assessments; Bioremediation; Business planning; Coastal Ecosystem Monitoring; Community-based aquaculture; Due diligence; Feasibility studies; Integrated multitrophic aquaculture; Marine field surveys; Marine Protected Areas; Marine science; Microalgae cultivation; Microbial ecology; Microbiome modelling; Nitrogen cycling; Ocean economy; Octopus fisheries management; Recirculating aquaculture systems; Sea cucumber aquaculture; Sea urchin aquaculture; Seaweed farming; Smallscale invertebrate fisheries management; Solid waste management (aquaculture); 16S rRNA sequencing


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