The Aquaculture Research Group (GIA), led by Professor Juan Manuel Afonso López, has developed more than a hundred national and European research projects since 1990 and has more than 40 members including researchers and technical staff from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Canary Islands Institute of Marine Sciences, with common objectives of teaching, research, technology transfer and development cooperation in aquaculture.
In 2022, GIA is involved in 19 research projects with a budget of around one and a half million euros. Eleven of these projects are European scope: PerformFISH, AquaIMPACT, AQUAVITAE, BiomedAqu, AQUAEXCEL 3.0, Islandap Advanced, AQUAINVERT, MIMAR+, PISCIBIEN, REBECA-CCT and StartCircular.
It is also working with Ecuador on extra community project called ECUANARIA. About the national projects, the ULPGC's ECOAQUA university institute leads the MORFOGEN and PLANASER 2.0 projects, and works on the development of the circular economy in the autonomous community with different lines of research integrated in the ELITE, MELUSA, INTEGRAB, AQUACIRCULAR and MEDREGALGAE projects.
It develops its activity in different facilities of the Fundación Parque Científico Tecnológico de Taliarte of the ULPGC.