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Marine Institute - Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR)

The Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources (CSAR) is a unit of the School of Fisheries at the Marine Institute. CSAR undertakes industrial research and development, technology transfer, testing and technical support on a general basis as well as on a contract or joint venture basis. The primary focus is on specific needs of fishers and fishing gear manufacturers but the Centre also performs assignments for w wide range of other clients and applications.

The primary testing facility for CSAR is the Marine Institute's flume tank - the world’s largest. This advanced facility incorporates sophisticated video recording, computer software, sensor equipment and special features. The Centre has a core staff in the disciplines of fisheries engineering, fish behaviour, fishing technology, fishing gear, and mechanical engineering.

Areas of research and development include:

  • Harvesting technology.
  • Ocean energy - turbine testing.
  • Underwater intervention - AUV and Glider testing.
  • Hydrodynamic performance evaluations.

The Centre's specialists have worked on a range of projects world-wide from sea trials in Alaska to technology projects in Australia, for a variety of national and international clients.

Ocean Technology Markets: Fisheries and Aquaculture
Core Technology Competencies: Fishing gear technology; Sustainable fishing practices
Cluster Affiliation: School of Fisheries, Marine Institute; Memorial University
Percentage of Annual Revenues from Ocean Technology Activities: 85