The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research, CSAR, is a centre of excellence founded in 2003 with support from the European Union, Welsh Government, and Swansea University.
Equipped with modern, fully programmable recirculating aquaculture systems, CSAR is designed for applied research on a diverse range of aquatic organisms, from temperate to tropical and marine to freshwater environments.
Expertise, facilities and activities
In addition to its own experimental facilities, CSAR has direct access to comprehensive expertise and laboratories across the Swansea University campus, encompassing biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, histo-pathology, water chemistry, systems engineering, bio-processing technologies and complex fluids processing.
Areas of specialty are included within general overarching themes of: food and fuel security, low carbon technologies, climate change research and blue biotechnology. CSAR is extensively research active across the UK and Europe, principally delivering research, development and technical assistance within industrial and academic consortia.
The CSAR team also provides information and advice to industry and governments, such as developing the aquaculture section of the Wales Fisheries Strategy (2008) and associated Implementation Plan, formation of the Welsh Aquaculture Producers’ Association (WAPA) and input into microalgal biotechnology strategy documents.
Education and training activities at CSAR include hosting a vibrant research studentship (PhD) programme, supervising Undergraduate and MRes research projects, vocational training for undergraduate and postgraduate students and tailored training courses for industry and public institution personnel.