CASD offers a complete range of fish and shellfish health services with state-of-the-art facilities for biotechnology research and product development. The Centre offers core expertise in product testing, fish and shellfish health assessment and innovative species research and development. The focus of this research and development is in support of sustainable aquaculture and fisheries. The Centre serves as a reference facility for the aquaculture and fishing industries, academia, federal and provincial regulatory agencies and other aquatic health centres in the Atlantic Provinces.
CASD offers its clients one of the largest and most comprehensive aquaculture and fisheries training and applied research facilities in Atlantic Canada. CASD's national and international research collaborations have provided industry, government and academia with access to modern aquaculture research facilities, in-house expertise and quality assurance that comes with the Institute's ISO-9001™ (2000 standards) registration. CASD is seeking GLP (Good Laboratory Practices) compliance for its diagnostic services.
The ARDF provides modern facilities are designed to support research, training, pre-commercial production, and small-scale commercial trials on alternative species for marine aquaculture. A critical component of the 1,400m2 facility is a seawater system designed to deliver high quality, temperature controlled, flow-through and re-circulating water. Separate tanks and rooms are available for broodstock conditioning, hatchery and nursery operation, first feeding, and grow-out. Live food production can deliver 1,000 litres of algae, two billion rotifers, and 500 million artemia daily.
The ARDF collaborates with industry partners on a variety of research projects. They are currently evaluating the potential of various finfish species for aquaculture by studying broodstock biology and the development of larval rearing techniques. Atlantic halibut, Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon and steelhead are now under investigation.
- Independent systems for freshwater or seawater research, complete with temperature control, ultraviolet disinfection, filtration capabilities and 24-hr alarm system monitoring
- Newly renovated, artesian-well supplied, fresh water flow-through quarantine facility
- can accomodate recirculating water assays
- Equipped to process complete molluscan bivalve and invertebrate tissue samples
- Equipped to process tissue (heart, brain, liver, spleen, caeca, kidney and gonads) samples
- Image analysis capabilities
- Equipped to cultivate pathogens isolate pure colonies and conduct tests for motility, oxidative-fermentation, cytochrome oxidase, indole and antibiotic sensitivity, as well as conduct vibriostatic and biochemical tests
- Media for bacterial species made on site
- Currently houses Atlantic cod, Atlantic salmon, Steelhead trout and Atlantic halibut broodstock
- Three - 850 US GPM pumps
- Wet-well design
- 16 sand filters (20 µm media)
- Thermal heating elements
- 100 tonne chilling capacity (Delta T 4.5°C)
- Computer and telephone alarm system for air and water
- Five UV-sterilization units with flow capacities of 150 gpm (US) @ 120,000 mw/s per cm2
- Degassing units
- Low head oxygen generators
rious header tanks equipped with low water and temperature alarms
- Water and temperature controlled systems with heat recovery
- Computerized systems including digital flow meters and monitors
- Industrial research with a focus on commercialization, production capacity, growth assessments, quality assurance guidelines for fish and shellfish, site identification, recirculation technology and aquaculture engineering
- Liquid oxygen available to all tanks via water and stand-alone backup
- High-performance liquid chromatograph, ion analyzer, atomic absorption spectrophotometer and gas chromatograph mass spectrophotometer
- Environmental monitoring for salinity, temperature, pH, chlorophyll, total suspended matter, light intensity, and current velocity