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Located at the JCU Townsville campus, MARF features eight large recirculating marine water systems supplying outdoor, undercover, and indoor lab areas as well as twenty-one indoor temperature controlled research labs, eleven of which have their own dedicated recirculating life support systems (LSS) for high resolution or specifically modified research projects.

  • Over 1.4 million litres of seawater is continuously circulating through biological filters and algal scrubbers to help maintain exceptional water quality
  • Three separate aquarium compounds supporting 21 research laboratories with temperature and light control
  • Salt and freshwater research systems
  • A teaching facility equipped with a lecture theater and adjacent wet lab incorporating two recirculating life support systems
  • All research labs and operating systems are supported by an alarm system which can monitor any required parameter. MARF staff are on call 24/7 to resolve any issues out of hours

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