A newly formed laboratory for the development of tools for precise husbandry is operated since 2014.
Ongrowing cage farm
In Souda Bay, a pilot aquaculture net pen cage unit is operating since 2000. Currently the unit consists of 16 cages 6x6m (each with the possibility to form 4 smaller of dimensions 3x3m). In addition, there are 4 circular cages with diameter of 12 m. The operation of the unit is served by a floating platform and a storage hut. Part of the energy requirements are covered by photovoltaic cells and a wind turbine. Several species (E. seabass, g. sea bream, meagre, greater amberjack and other Mediterranean species, etc.) are bred in the unit.
The hatchery of the Institute includes a plankton production lab where phytoplankton and zooplankton is cultured.