Aquaculture Solutions Research capacity

Research capacity

Aquatic Animal Health

  • Detection of viral and bacterial toxin genes in finfish and crustaceans
  • Production modelling and strategies for preventative disease management
  • Pathogen detection and quantification using qPCR, gel-based PCR and eDNA
  • Management responses to either prevent or control disease outbreaks in real-time
  • Evaluation of probiotics and bioflavonoids
  • Development of biosecurity plans


  • Feed formulation for broodstock, hatchery, nursery and grow-out stages
  • Integration of nutrition and physiology using a whole organism approach
  • Evaluation of alternative feed ingredients
  • Nutritional requirements of the entire range of nutrient groups.
  • Functional ingredients and their impacts on production bottlenecks
  • Digestive health and physiology of aquatic species

Genetics and Reproduction

  • Genetic audits (farm and wild) using DNA profiling systems
  • Improved understanding of production traits for improved farm productivity
  • Broodstock development and management
  • Selective breeding programs including advanced genomic techniques
  • Reproductive physiology and biochemistry
  • Early prediction tools to assess performance-related traits
  • Induced breeding and management of aquatic species
  • Cryopreservation of gametes of aquatic species
  • Pedigree/genetic analyses and development of mating plans
  • Manipulating sex ratios of animals

Novel Species and Technologies

  • Closing of the life cycle of aquatic species
  • Live food culture (Artemia, copepods, microalgae, rotifers)
  • Sea urchin, sea cucumber and marine mollusc culture
  • Integrated multi  trophic aquaculture systems
  • Seaweed culture and product development
  • 3D systems design (software Sketchup)
  • Marine and freshwater ornamentals
  • Automation engineering and machine learning