Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas)
a comprehensive portfolio of research, consultancy and training services
in fisheries science and management, environmental monitoring and assessment,
fish and shellfish health, hygiene and cultivation, to clients around
the world. Established in 1902, Cefas have a long and successful track
record in delivering high quality, internationally respected scientific
services to clients in a focused, confidential and impartial way.
Services are tailored to meet the needs of a wide range of UK and international
public sector clients include:
- The European
- UN agencies
government departments and agencies
public sector clients include:
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
for Transport, Local Government and Regions
for International Development
& Safety Executive; English Nature
Agency; Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Science and Technology Laboratory
sector clients include companies involved in:
- oil &
- food industry
& construction industry
pharmaceutical and veterinary medicines manufacturing
- fish feed
have over 500 staff. Scientists possess the up-to-date, multidisciplinary
skills that are needed to tackle current problems in marine, estuarine
and riverine environments.
- Many Cefas
scientists have international reputations and a wealth of experience
in representation and negotiation at national and international level.
are experienced in working in, and managing the large international
consortia that are often needed to tackle current environmental problems.
- All work
is conducted to high quality standards and, where appropriate, analytical
procedures are accredited to national and international standards.
have an active internal research programme to continually update their
expertise. Recent projects have included investments in molecular biology,
molecular genetics, biosensors, bio-geochemical modelling and the development
of new immunoassay and analytical techniques.
apply advanced engineering and electronics techniques to the development
of autonomous systems for high frequency, multi-parameter data collection.
These systems range from innovative seabed landers, through buoy and
ship mounted instruments, to microelectronic dataloggers for use in
wildlife behaviour studies.
have three well-equipped specialist laboratories, comprehensive IT facilities
and controlled environment aquaria and fish rearing facilities. Cefas
also have unique fisheries and environmental data archives and a comprehensive
library housing one of the world's finest marine science collections.
are experienced in specialised IT application development for regulatory
and research support - such as fisheries and ecosystem modelling software,
data management systems, GIS and licensing systems.
operate two ocean-going research vessels with accreditation to ISO 9000
and IMO's International Safety
Code which provide effective and versatile platforms for data acquisition.
assessment & analysis
impacts of chemicals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals
of complex environmental samples
impact assessments for dredging, aggregate extraction, oil & gas
exploration and production, waste disposal, pipeline discharges
impact assessments of aquaculture developments
assessments of chemicals
monitoring & management
quality status reports
waste, and nutrient transport. and fate studies
& shellfish disease, health and safety
and efficacy assessments for medicines and therapeutants
prevention and control
and health certification
detection in shellfish
of feed composition and delivery
feeds for on-growing
effects on reared fish quality, behaviour and survival
- fish growth
rate, maturity, size and uniformity
manipulation & sex control for all-female broods
hatchery nursery, and on-growing technology
- cod, turbot,
lemon sole cultivation
sustainable fisheries and conserving stocks
of fishing on the marine ecosystem
of salmonid and freshwater fish stocks
viable fishing industries
of fish and shellfish
of marine and freshwater fish and shellfish
life history and population dynamics of fish and shellfish
- fish behaviour,
physiology, reproduction and genetics
autonomous systems for cost-effective, high-frequency, mufti-parameter
data capture and telemetry in the marine environment.
and software design for animal and fish telemetry environmental monitoring
and industrial systems monitoring
in miniaturisation of electronic instrumentation including prototyping
of hybrid circuits.
Cefas have a broad portfolio of scientific expertise and instrumentation
to meet the diverse information needs of businesses and their consultants.
Cefas aim to provide practical solutions based upon sound research and
assessment. Expertise in research, monitoring and interpretation enable
customers to make informed development decisions, to understand and manage
the likely impacts their activities may have upon the environment, and
to ensure they have the information they need to be able to comply with
Because of the long-standing association with their parent department,
the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Cefas's major
strengths are a thorough understanding of policy and regulatory processes
and expertise in developing and implementing control measures. Scientists
are experienced at participating in, managing and interpreting short and
long term monitoring programmes. They also have considerable experience
in the development of policy and in representing Government Departments,
the UK and other organisations nationally and internationally