Molecular genetics laboratory/Water quality testing / Wet lab/post mortem room / Tissue culture laboratory /Histology and Immunology laboratory
UCC - University College Cork
North Mall, Cork
The Aquaculture and Fisheries Development Centre (AFDC) is a centre of excellence for aquaculture and fisheries research. The centre was established in 1987 and focuses on the areas of fish and shellfish biology and aquaculture, fish and shellfish health and disease and genetics. New and emerging aquaculture species are a major component of our work programme. We have expertise in both inshore and deep-sea fisheries, focussing on the impact of fishing practices on the environment, bycatch and discards, stock assessment and basic fish biology. The AFDC aims to support, stimulate and promote the development of sustainable aquaculture and fisheries in all its forms, thereby enabling this sector to achieve its full socio-economic potential by utilising Ireland's sustainable natural resources. We do this by conducting research related to aquaculture and fisheries, conducting research for industry and providing training in aquaculture.
Dr Sarah Culloty, Prof. Tom Cross, Prof. Gavin Burnell, Dr Emer Rogan, Prof. John Davenport
Land based facilities
Facility research topics
Species held at facility
Species held at facility
Physical description of the facility
Supporting facilities at site
The facility encompasses 13,000 square feet of recirculating fish and shellfish systems, laboratories (Wet and Dry) and offices. Grade A seawater is stored onsite. Freshwater and marine fish rearing areas are complete with a computerised water monitoring and analysis system (OxyGuard) and a video monitoring system. On site water treatment options included mechanical and biological filtration, UV sterilisation and ozonation and temperature conditioning units. A recirculating shellfish nursery system, broodstock holding/conditioning unit, thermally controlled hatchery and live feed production units are custom designed to suit the needs of a variety of shellfish species. There are 2 temperature controlled rooms, with photoperiod control available. A range of tanks, pumps and auxiliary equipment is also available. The AFDC laboratory houses water quality analysis equipment, trial diet production/processing equipment, a Beckman Z2 coulter counter (particle size analyser) and drying oven as well as the standard laboratory equipment. The two tank rooms of the AFDC are also fully backed-up with a 50KVa Generator fitted with an Automatic transfer Switch (ATS) and Digi-dialler and a walk-in freezer.