CSAR fish facilities
CSAR consists of a 750m2 controlled environment building containing six wet laboratories, a dry laboratory, a quarantine facility and three dedicated fish laboratories located in the Department of Biosciences.
All main CSAR systems normally operate as RAS's, but can be reconfigured as static- or flow-through systems if required.
Centralised air and water temperature controls allow temperature ranges of 10-27°C to be maintained across fresh, brackish or marine systems. Local seawater is drawn from adjacent Swansea Bay, sand-filtered and ozone-sterilized prior to use.
Lighting is programmable according to light intensity and photoperiod, with electrical power backup available via a 500Kva generator. Life support systems include sand filtration, protein skimmer, bio-filter and UV sterilization, alongside alkalinity and pH dosing systems. In situ probes and alarms monitor life support systems via a comprehensive SCADA network, allowing user interface via adjacent touch screens and remotely by desktop and mobile phones.