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GIA (Grupo de Investigación en Acuicultura) is a Joint Research Unit of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and the Canary Institute of Marine Sciences (ICCM), with 30 years experience in fish aquaculture RTD, mainly nutrition, pathology, new species and genetics.

One of its main achievements has been the clarification of the biological mechanisms involved in the regulation of the functioning of several tissues by means of dietary nutrients, using histological and immune-histological studies. Besides, GIA has developed physical tagging systems and selection schemes in sparid species and microarrays, and molecular markers for genealogies and health studies (microsatellites, TNF, IL11, GR, HSP70, HSP90, Δ5 and Δ6 desaturases).

The ULPGC Research Infrastructures open for Access in the AQUAEXCEL project are:

ULPGC WWSSU (Warm Water Species Selection Unit). WWSSU is an infrastructure where genetic selection programs can be done for families of, at least, 48 half sibs or 96 full sibs, containing culture tanks and breeders tanks, where fish culture is possible from larvae until adults.
ULPGC MBS (Marine Biosecurity Station). The MBS comprises three main RAS units completely equipped to separately challenge with up to three different pathogens at the same time in all phases of the fish life cycle of marine fish species. It also has a support laboratory in situ, as well as access to the Fish Pathology Laboratory of the Institute of Animal Health and Food Safety (IUSA) and the Microbiology Laboratory, both at the ULPGC, with microbiology and anatomo-pathology techniques ready for all fish and mollusc tissues. These characteristics make the MBS the most versatile and controlled research station in Europe to challenge marine fish with virus, bacteria or parasites.
ULPGC FITU (Feed Ingredients-additives Testing Unit).The infrastructure includes an ingredient processing laboratory, a feed production hall, two series of 15 digestibility tanks (200 and 500 litres) and three wet labs with 170 tanks of 100, 200, 500 and 1 000 litres, as well as two lines for commercial scale testing, provided with computer controlled automatic, auto-demand or manual feeding and waste feed collectors (feed intake control), to test diets and ingredients for either larvae (including automated start feeding), juveniles or broodstock of marine fish species, both commercial or new species for aquaculture.


For more detailed information on the ULPGC Research Infrastructures involved in AQUAEXCEL, please click here.


Contact Details
Daniel Montero
Grupo de Investigacion en Acuicultura
Parque Científico Tecnológico Marino
Carretera de Taliarte s/n.
35214 - Telde
Las Palmas
Canary Islands - Spain
Tel.: +34 928132034
Email: dmontero(at)
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