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ZAF - Research Areas

The applied scientific studies carried out at the „Centre for Aquaculture Research“ (ZAF) are focussed on four Research Areas:


The relevance of invertebrate organisms in aquaculture is growing constantly, with shellfish and crustaceans dominant. With diet testing, development of systems and pond design and completion of density and behavioural studies, the ZAF is the site for development of new invertebrate culture concepts and optimisation of existing pro-duction strategies. The commercial importance of novel species (e.g. Sea Cucumbers) is bringing these newcomers to the fore in invertebrate aquaculture. At the ZAF we develop and test new approaches to hus-bandry and culture systems and integrate them into industry.

IMTA – Integrated-Multi-Trophic-Aquaculture

The term IMTA refers to combined aqua-culture of various organisms at different trophic levels within the same production unit to reduce waste products, to improve the ecological balance of aquaculture units, to use resources more effectively and to produce valuable additional products. The ZAF provides space for testing, adaptation and balancing along with production unit development for combinations and associations of various novel aquaculture species.


Finfish breeding and culture remain a key focus in aquaculture. The ZAF Fish Research Area group works on development of future diets for finfish by testing alternative diet ingredient resources and additives. The group also evaluates optimal culture conditions for new and established candi-dates and the development of handling and husbandry components for humane and profitable fish management.

RAS – Recirculating Aquaculture Systems

The modern technical prerequisites in RAS aquaculture are now at a very high level and are still constantly developing. The central competence at ZAF is the optimisation of existing components, the testing of new sys-tem components and transport systems and the development of new control techniques for system components. In addition, ZAF researchers develop and test concepts for the reduction of energy and water con-sumption or reduction or recycling of waste products in order to improve the ecological balance of RAS units.


Based on our substantial expertise in aqua-culture research we can offer a wide range of services, which enable our customers to solve industry-relevant problems in detail and with innovative approaches. Our services include:

  • Optimisation and development of new approaches of husbandry conditions
  • Physiology, behaviour and toxicology
  • Budgets of bulk parameters (e.g. C, N and P)
  • Biochemical analyses
  • Testing of aquaculture-relevant, novel species
  • Design and optimisation of RAS
  • Development and testing of instruments and innovative technical components

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