Pilot netpen aquaculture farm

Pilot netpen aquaculture farm

Key research areas

Husbandry methods, Precision farming, Effects of climate change, Species diversification


People involved

Nikos Papandroulakis

Nikos Papandroulakis
Research Director

Research Directions
Production technologies Production technologies
Fish nutrition and feeding Fish nutrition and feeding
Fish behaviour Fish behaviour
  • Commercial aquafeed evaluation
  • Larval rearing and grow-out methodologies
  • Seafood quality and safety
  • In Souda Bay (Chania, Crete), we have been operating a pilot aquaculture net pen cage farm since 2000. ¬†Currently the unit consists of 16 rectangular cages 6×6 m and 4 circular cages of 12-m diameter.¬† Part of the energy requirements are covered by photovoltaic cells and a wind turbine, reducing the carbon footprint of the facility. Two service boats, a floating platform and a storage hut support the farm.

    The farm rears a variety of fishes, depending on the research projects running at the institute, including European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax), gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata), meagre (Argyrosomus regius), greater amberjack (Seriola dumerili) and red seabream (Pagrus major). The farm implements research projects targeting improvement of the fish performance and development of husbandry practices.

    The study of fish behaviour during standard rearing conditions and during stress, using video captures and hydroacoustics, is aimed towards the development of methods and indicators for monitoring and management of farmed populations during the production process.

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    Improving our facilities to better facilitate the husbandry in the farm and assist the implementation of ongoing and future experiments.

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