Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung (Germany)
The Alfred Wegener Institute is one of the world´s leading research organisations in climate, marine and coastal ecology. AWI offers all the infrastructure, equipment and expertise needed for the development of fundamental and industrial research projects and beyond. The institute maintains a truly global research network with extensive cooperation with numerous national and international institutions, as well as transferring knowledge and technologies to society.
The Aquaculture Research Group at AWI conducts industry-led research for sustainable aquaculture. The group develops innovative, environmentally sustainable technological concepts in close cooperation with business partners (currently 14). The group has strong technical design and management expertise, along with highly valuable infrastructure related to Recirculating Aquaculture Systems.
The group has strong expertise and experience in integration of new species into new and existing aquaculture systems. In recognition of the importance of economic forces in bioeconomic success the group has gained significant experience in linking socio-economic and aquaculture research in several nations.
The Aquaculture Research Group maintains the Centre for Aquaculture Research (ZAF), one of Europe’s largest dedicated Recirculating Aquaculture System research facilities with 140 m3 of aquaria space for experiments in controlled-condition recirculating artificial seawater and freshwater. Currently held species include Litopenaeusvannamei(in biofloc and in RAS), Astacusastacus, A. leptodactylusDicentrarchuslabrax, Oncorhynchus mykiss, Moronesaxatilis x M. chrysops) Holothuriafoskali, H. scabra. The ZAF acts as a hub for technology transfer of new aquaculture concepts in Germany and internationally. The group’s partnerships with academia, industry and society are key to identifying environmental concerns and needs, developing solutions and bringing those solutions back to users rapidly. The group maintains its own wet and dry lab facilities plus optical laboratories. In addition, the biochemical, microbiological and genetic laboratories of the AWI are at the group’s disposal.