The Marine Environmental Research Laboratory is a purpose built aquaculture facility located in Kintyre on the west coast of Scotland. 

Nursery tanksThe site was founded in 1991, and expanded in 1998. In 2008 it took over operation of the facilities of MMF Ltd, the UK's largest  commercial cod hatchery, to provide one of the largest and best equipped marine aquaculture research facilities in Europe. The facility provides contract research services and hire of facilities to industry and academic institutions, and supports research and teaching at the Institute of Aquaculture.

  • scientific consultation and contract researchHIE shot
  • more than 200 holding tanks purpose built for research with Atlantic salmon and marine species.
  • flow through and state of the art recirculation systems.
  • seawater supply more than 20,000 litres per minute. 
  • replicate experimental tank systems
  • tank sizes ranging from 80L to 50 m3
  • filtration and sanitation of incoming and outgoing water.
  • water temperature and light control
  • dedicated isolation suite for working with pathogens
  • pathogen cultures including drug-naive L. salmonis for use in sea lice research, and AGD
  • live feed cultures
  • marine fish broodstock and larval rearing facilities
  • sample preparation laboratory