The main headquarters of IU-ECOAQUA is located in Taliarte, Telde (Gran Canaria), where it has 5,852 m2 distributed in three buildings, in addition to offshore ocean cages. The first of these buildings is located within the Marine Science and Technology Park (PCTM) of the ULPGC. The second building is the Complementary Module-1 of the PCMT, and the third one is the building of the Aquaculture and High Specialisation Biotechnology Service (SABE) which is placed within the Port of Taliarte, where the ocean cages are also located. It is in these facilities where the researchers assigned to the GIA and BIOCON groups conduct their main work.

The Techonological Scientific Park Building, is used for functions such as, the maintenance of specimens of different species of breeder (amberjack, sea bream, sea bass, etc.), reproduction and collection of eggs of the species, improvement of reproduction using diets with different feeds, photoperiod control, fish fattening and bioassay with bacteria.

In the Complementary Module-1, larval culture, preweaning, weaning and auxiliary cultures of rotifers, artemia and phytoplankton are carried out. It is also used for grow-out of juvenile fish, grow-out of tilapia, grow-out of abalone, abalone reproduction, larval experiments and auxiliary diatom culture.

Within the SABE it is possible to find chromatography, biochemistry, histology, quality, cell culture, molecular biology and image analysis laboratories, as well as rooms common to the laboratories such as the microscopy, freezing and centrifugation room.



Techonological Scientific Park facility

It has:

  • Offices for research and administrative staff.
  • Breeders station
    • Maintenance of specimens of different species of breeders (amberjack, sea bream, sea bass, etc.).
    • Reproduction and collection of eggs of the species
    • Different projects for the improvement of reproduction: diets with different feeds, photoperiod control, etc.
  • Selection Station
  • Feed room
  • Freezer room and feed warehouse
  • Scientific diving and marine sampling area, which has various equipment suitable for taking biological and environmental samples, as well as 2 boats and a 4x4 vehicle.


Facility of the Complementary Module-1 

It has:

  • Offices for research and administrative staff
  • Mesocosmos:
    • Larval culture
    • Preweaning
    • Weaning
    • Auxiliary culture
      • Rotifers culture
      • Artemia culture
      • Phytoplankton culture
  • Dry laboratory:
    • Classroom and practice room for students
    • Microscope and magnifying glass room
    • Egg and oocyte counting room
    • Aquarium room/classroom
  • Wet laboratory:
    • Grow-out of Juvenile fish
    • Larval experiment rooms
    • Grow-out tilapia room
    • Abalone breeders and larvae room
    • Grow-out of abalone
    • Greenhouse for abalone postlarvarium
    • Auxiliary diatom culture
  • Recovery area for marine fauna, such as turtles and birds
  • Macroalgae auxiliary culture
  • Freezer and feed warehouse room


Facility of the Highly Specialized Aquaculture and Biotechnology Service (SABE)

It has:

  • Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Chromatography Laboratory
  • Histology Laboratory
  • Genetics Laboratory
  • Tasting room
  • Autoclave room, centrifuges, lyophilizer, etc.
  • Bacteria culture room
  • Freezer and fridge room



The University Institute ECOAQUA is a research centre that belongs to the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a public institution that offers a wide range of degrees in all the major areas of knowledge, with the aim of providing comprehensive training to those who come to it, in a commitment based on innovation, quality and internationalisation.