Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil)
UFSC was founded in 1960 and is one of the biggest universities in Brazil with more than 40,000 students and 4,000 employees (professors and technicians). The university has 122 undergraduate courses, 63 academics master courses, 15 professional master courses and 55 doctor courses. Between the graduated courses, is the Aquaculture graduated course (master and doctor degrees), the oldest in Brazil with 30 years.
For the AQUAVITAE project, UFSC participant is the group from Laboratório de CamarõesMarinhos (LCM – Marine Shrimp Laboratory). LCM was founded in 1983 and has experience in shrimp rearing, nutrition, reproduction, production systems, multitrophic systems, biofloc, seaweeds and others. With a constructed area of 6,000 m2, LCM has all the structure for shrimp reproduction (maturation, hatchery, nursery and microalgae), experimental units (from 60L tanks to 50,000 L tanks), support labs (microbiology and water quality) and a macroalgae section. Researcher from LCM are involved in important cooperation projects with Brazilian (EMBRAPA, Epagri, FURG, UFC, UFPRE) and international partners (Texas A&M Agrilife Research/USA, CIBNOR/Mexico and Dalhousie/Canada).