About CSAR

Founded in 2003 with support from the European Union, Welsh Government and Swansea University, the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research, CSAR, is a centre of excellence.

Equipped with modern, fully programmable recirculating aquaculture systems, CSAR carries out applied research on a diverse range of aquatic organisms, from temperate to tropical and marine to freshwater environments.


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In pursuit of excellence in education

"I am really appreciative of the week of work experience in which I was able to participate at the Centre of Sustainable Aquaculture Research at Swansea University. I learned invaluable techniques that will be essential for future placements and jobs. I was supported by a very kind and welcoming team who helped me to work with a variety of freshwater and tropical fish in different systems. I would recommend this experience to anyone looking for a future in Aquaculture and Marine Biology. Thank you to everyone at the CSAR team again."

Cara Still on her internship


In pursuit of excellence in sustainable aquaculture

CSAR operates from state-of-the-art, controlled environment facilities in Swansea University's department of Biosciences.

CSAR conducts research and technological development, and provides training and advice on behalf of commercial farmers/aquaculture service providers, funding agencies and governmental institutions, in the UK and internationally.

Expertise, facilities and activities

In addition to its own experimental facilities, CSAR has direct access to comprehensive expertise and laboratories across Swansea University, encompassing biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, histo-pathology, water chemistry, systems engineering, bio-processing technologies and complex fluids processing.

CSAR supports undergraduate and MSc research projects, as well as a vibrant postgraduate research programme in Aquaculture and Fisheries (MRes, PhD). It also makes provisions for vocational training and offers internships and placements for University and Industry.

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