Cefas’ state-of-the-art aquarium facilities in Weymouth and Lowestoft are authorised to operate as an Aquaculture Production Business by the Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) and comply with rigorous 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.
The Weymouth aquarium facility 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. All of the waste from the Weymouth laboratory is ozone treated. This 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 its own stocks of rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon from eggs in the Aquatic Production Unit (APU), this ensures that high quality, disease free fish are available throughout the year. For additional information on the range of challenges the aquarium facility can offer please see the Aquatic Product Evaluation section or contact the team.
The Lowestoft aquariumfacility consists of 59 fixed flow-through tanks, with a total volume of approximately 200,000 litres. In addition to this, bespoke tank and aquaria set-ups are available. The majority of tanks can be supplied with either dechlorinated fresh water, seawater or a combination of the two. Temperature control is available for most of the tanks and all tanks have a supply of filtered, compressed air.
The facility is used as part of our research studies, meaning that we deliver collaborative projects in the aquarium with most of our customers, including government departments and commercial aquaculture companies.
We are experts in animal husbandry and rearing techniques for marine organisms, and provide a broad range of facilities for experimental or hatchery services relating to the marine environment.
The aquarium facility also contains specialised areas and tanks including:
Kreisel tank (used for gelatinous animals)
Swim tunnel respirometer
Controlled temperature rooms
Live feeds production
Brood stock for various species including plaice, bass, turbot and lobster for egg and larvae production
Larval rearing facilities.
These specialised areas are supplied with chilled, ambient and heated water as well as air temperature and lighting controls. These areas also have the flexibility to utilise either flow-to-waste or recirculation systems.
Both aquarium facilities have an active Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) which meets regularly and we employ fish veterinarians who contribute to the AWERB and provide authoritative advice as required.