Aquaculture

    

Mission Statement                                           
The Department of Aquaculture aims to carry out basic and applied research on the development of technology transfer, on developing know-how and provision, as well as, on providing specialized services in the fisheries management field. 

Research Orientation
The objective of the Department of Aquaculture is to research the interaction between aquacultures and the environment, to control and reinforce the physical productivity of the marine systems, as well as, to develop methodologies for best aquariums' management. IA's basic research focuses on the definition, the understanding and the control of the biological mechanisms involved in the rearing process of marine organisms either already reared or with rearing potential (i.e. physiology, pathology, ethnology, developmental biology, immunology, metabolism, etc). Applied Research The research direction of the Institute of Aquaculture for the transformation of the accumulated knowledge to applicable technologies is essential for the private sector. This research direction is implicated in projects related with the Technological Bases of the aquaculture.

Applied Research
The development of reliable production systems is a prerequisite for a competitive industry. Thus, the research direction of the Department of Aquaculture for the transformation of the accumulated knowledge to applicable technologies is essential for the private sector. This research direction is implicated in projects related with the Technological Bases of the aquaculture. Most of the work is aiming to the development and improvement of hatchery techniques, but also of appropriate tools for the correct feeding and general husbandry of reared populations with automated systems. Additionally, the introduction of new species requires the development of infrastructures and methodologies adapted to the environment and the specific requirements of fishes (such as submersible cages and conditions of autonomous operation). 

The introduction of the appropriate methodologies in all the stages of the production is very important for the industry, which in order to be sustainable requires the implementation of innovations for new products and production processes. The semi-intensive techniques of larval rearing (Mesocosms) are of high priority for the Institute, as they are ideal for culture of new species and are adapted to the geographic and socio-economic conditions of Mediterranean SMEs. The automation of production process and the development of "intelligent" systems (expert systems) simulating the human actions, ensures better management of fish populations, reduction of production cost and minimization of losses due to human error. 

Applied research is also focused on enhancement of the final product quality, of its composition and the technology production of fish feeds, the selection and rearing of new species, the development and enhancement of production systems and management methodologies, for all the developmental stages of the reared organisms. 

                       

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