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Our Facilities

Experimental Facilities

Cefas’ state-of-the-art Experimental Aquarium Facilities are authorised to operate as an Aquaculture Production Business by the Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) and comply with rigorous UK Home Office (HO) standards. In addition to frequent internal inspections by Cefas, the aquarium is regularly audited and inspected by FHI and HO to ensure compliance with the stipulated licence requirements. It has wide experience with fish, mollusc, crustacean and amphibian husbandry. 

The EAF is Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) compliant. It offers world-class biosecure tank and aquarium facilities and is run by a dedicated team of aquarists. The facility consists of over 200 tanks of 1000, 300, 50 and 30 litres and bespoke combinations/arrangements of tanks are available on request. All tanks can be supplied with either flow-through freshwater or seawater (35ppt) or any intermediate salinities, with partial or full recirculation systems if required. Both the temperature and light settings are computer controlled: temperature 5 – 35°C (± 0.1°C) and flexible, dimmable lighting to replicate any location in the world (with dawn/dusk effects). In-tank cameras are available on request. All our tanks and plants are automatically alarmed and our service includes a 24-hour 7-day, 365 days callout. In addition to the aquarium facility, the Weymouth laboratory also rears in house stocks of rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon and other species in the Aquatic Production Unit (APU); ensuring high quality, disease free animals throughout the year.