Minister visits Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research

Alun Davies, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Agriculture Food, Fisheries and European Programmes accompanied by Mr Gary Hagatty Head of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Strategy visited the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Research (CSAR) at Swansea University last week.

The visit, which took place on Friday 21 September at 2pm included a guided tour of the research laboratories containing live fish, shellfish and algae.

CSAR was founded in 2005, to develop sustainable technologies for aquatic food production in Wales and internationally.  Since then it has grown rapidly and diversified its research to span fundamental questions of aquatic ecology and physiology, alongside applied technology development work.

The centre is home to a modern suite of controlled environment laboratories in which a diverse range of freshwater and marine organisms such as fish, algae, shellfish and other invertebrates are grown under optimal conditions and are allied to comprehensive facilities for field sampling and laboratory analysis.

The research centre operates on behalf of commercial aquaculturists and fishers, technology providers and research councils.  The centre also advises governmental institutions, in the UK and internationally – and has drafted the aquaculture section of the Wales Fisheries Strategy (2008).

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