The HCMR-Aqualabs-Cages infrastructure addresses modern aquaculture needs, enabling multidisciplinary research (reproduction, early development, nutrition, pathology, husbandry, technology) on all stages of aquaculture production (broodstock, eggs, larvae, juveniles, market size fish) of the most commonly cultured Mediterranean species like E. seabass (D. labrax), seabream (S. aurata), sharpsnoot seabream (D. puntazzo) and the emerging species meagre (A. regius) greater amberjack (S. dumerili) and wreckfish (P. americanus).
The infrastructure comprises of inland installations and net-pen cages as well as analytical laboratories. The inland installations consists of broodstock facility, two hatcheries (a) intensive (automated feeding system based on PC and monitoring systems with video, DO and T sensors) and (b) mesocosm tanks supported with a food chain zone for rotifer culture as well as photobioreactors for phytoplankton production. It has also a behavioural and nutrition unit equipped with closed recirculation tanks with thermoregulation, monitoring systems (video, DO and T sensors) and demand feeders.
A biochemical laboratory equipped with HPLC, GC, HPTLC, calorimeter, nitrogen analyser and fibre analyser provides analytical support. The fish pathology unit consists of very well equipped laboratories in Crete and Athens able to perform research and analytical work in the fields of bacteriology, parasitology nutritional pathology and histology. The net-pen cage installation provides access to experimentation in pilot scale production in the sea. In addition the net-pen cage installation has a controlled submersible cage down to 40 m. At the cage farm experimental work on production management during grow-out in relation to feeding, behaviour and management is contacted.