Plans to invest £10m in the creation of a state of the art marine biology laboratory in St Andrews have been welcomed by the area’s MP Stephen Gethins.
Located at the East Sands, the new research centre and ‘smart’ aquarium, which will replace the Gatty Marine facility, will be the most technologically advanced in the UK.
Stephen Gethins MP said: “This is a massive investment by the University of St Andrews which will secure it, and Scotland’s, reputation as a pioneer in oceanic research and species protection. The addition of a Public Outreach Centre will be a great resource for the local area. A number of key projects carried out in St Andrews has had a massive impact on marine research and I congratulate everyone involved in this.”
Adding to this, Roderick Campbell MSP – SNH Species Champion – said: “I am delighted that the University is investing in this new facility. The work carried out at the existing facility is exceptional and I hope that the new premises can help to further improve the quality of work and research carried out.
“The Scottish Marine Research Unit’s work on harbour seal deaths at the existing facility has been of particular interest to me. I am sure that the new centre will only improve future research into this, and many other aspects of marine research.”