National University of Ireland (UCC)

The centre was established in 1987 and has focussed on the areas of fish biology, and fish and shellfish health and disease, genetics, and fish and shellfish nutrition.

The AFDC aims to support, stimulate and promote the development of aquaculture in all its forms, thereby enabling this sector to achieve its full socio-economic potential by utilising Ireland's sustainable natural resources.

These objectives are best achieved through the three activities of research, training and consultancy. The AFDC actively participates in collaborative R&D projects and provides consultancy and training services for both public and private sector clients, nationally and internationally. In July 2000, the AFDC merged with three separate Centres of Excellence and 9 departments within UCC to form the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), thus allowing a truly interdisciplinary approach to research projects.

In 2002, the AFDC has relocated to new, purpose-built aquaculture facilities encompassing over 1800 m2 and containing a suite of laboratories, offices, recirculation units and a fully-equipped workshop. Over the years, the AFDC has built up a significant public profile and, more importantly, has made a valid and valuable contribution to the development of aquaculture both nationally and internationally, through successful participation in research programmes, regional development and training initiatives. In these activities the AFDC has co-operated with and maintains active links with universities and companies in all EU countries.