Facilities and Equipment


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The UHI Aquaculture network has access to an array of instrumentation, laboratories and vessels for its staff to deliver world-class research, commercial projects and consultancy services to both academic and commercial organisations.

The state-of-the-art facilities enable a range of investigations, facilities include:

  • Cell culture laboratory
  • Biochemistry and functional assay laboratory
  • Chemistry
    • HPLC, SEM, ICP-OES, GC, etc.
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology and genetics laboratory
    • High throughput DNA sequencing capacity and dedicated environmental DNA laboratory
  • Mass spectrometry suite
  • Bioinformatics and data mining tools

Aquaculture Research Farms

  • The Marine Hatchery
  • The Alan Ansell Research Aquarium
  • Research Marine Farm Sites
  • Seaweed Nursery

Survey Equipment

  • Hydrographic, biological, chemical, sonar (multibeam, sidescan, etc.), ADCPs, AWACs, wave buoys, met stations, CTDs, video, etc.

Sampling Equipment

  • Seabed, oceanographic, plankton, water quality, fisheries, etc.

Marine Robotics

  • Flying and diving, with qualified pilots and specialist services

Modelling Services

  • Ocean and atmosphere



For more detailed information on particular facilities, equipment, vessels and contact details please visit our research equipment database.