Created in 1990, the Aquaculture Research Group (Grupo de Investigación en Acuicultura, GIA) from the University of Las Palmas Gran Canaria (ULPGC) firmly believes on the sustainable development of aquaculture to meet the growing demand for high quality fresh fish products highly beneficial for the consumers’ health.
To support the industry, GIA identifies present and future technological constraints of the aquatic production sector and generates oriented knowledge, technology development and innovation to solve those critical issues. A fast response in industrial processes and added value products requires a multi-disciplinary approach and, thus, GIA closely collaborates with leading biotech institutions around the world. Aquaculture development also requires well-qualified, enthusiastic and committed experts, working at all the different professional levels including technicians, managers or scientists, and, therefore, a good part of GIA activities are devoted to training future generations.
Finally, GIA close relation with American and some Asian countries, the geographical proximity to Africa and the location in the Intercontinental Atlantic Campus, allows GIA to be seriously committed to cooperation for aquaculture development in several countries of these continents. Leaded by Prof. Marisol Izquierdo, GIA is formed at present by 40 dedicated staff, including 12 senior researchers, whose passion for science extend to most areas related to the production cycle of several species of fish, crustaceans and mollusks of tempered water. These areas include reproduction, nutrition, selection and genetics, health and welfare and quality of broodstock, larvae and juveniles. Besides we also cooperate with other research teams in areas such as equipment, environmental, social and economic issues.
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