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Research of the Department Marine Aquaculture for Sustainable Fisheries

One of the main objectives of modern aquaculture will be the production of residual free aquatic organisms for human consumption. Due to stagnating catches of fisheries and numerous stakeholders of coastal areas and thus increasing levels of pollution this objective will be a real challenge. Possible solutions for this challenge can be the production in closed landbased recirculating aquaculture system and the culture offshore, away from the coastal areas. For sustainable, environmentally friendly aquaculture which also has to be economically viable, research on various levels has to be conducted. IMARE is already working in these fields. For more information on Recirculating Aquaculture Technology and Open Ocean Technology click here.


Research projects


Asian flatfish - Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) and star flounder (Platichthys stellatus) - for german aquaculture and an innovative self-grading device for gentle breeding


Subject of the project AStRa is the development of a recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) to produce noble crayfish (Astacus astacus).


Focus of this project is the optimisation of flat fish diets by using feed additives. These substances have to be directly applicable for intense aquaculture and should enhance animal health and reduce feed input.


The project aims to examine the applicability and quality of fouling organisms on offshore submerged structures to serve as an alternative protein and lipid source in aquaculture. Additionally a harvest device and a processing procedure shall be developed.

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