Aquatic Facilities

A number of fish species are cultured on campus at the Aquatic center. Research includes projects on aspects of reproduction and nutrition with such species as sturgeon, trout, and catfish. Research by departmental faculty on marine crustaceans and mollusks is ongoing at Bodega Marine Laboratory.

This 5-acre facility houses laboratories and aquatic animal containment resources. There are six buildings with over 10,000 square feet of indoor and 16,000 feet of outdoor animal holding space. Ground water is supplied at a rate of up to 1,000 gallons per minute.

With over 1,300 square meters of dry laboratories and animal containment facilities and 180,000 liters of both indoor and outdoor freshwater tanks, the CABA Aquatic Center is the largest freshwater fish research facility of the University of California.

There is research space for a wide range of programs, including aquatic toxicology, reproduction, engineering, nutrition, genetics, endocrinology, disease and pathology, fish ecology, and general aquatic biology. About 15 species are under study at any one time.

In addition to supporting animal research, the Aquatic Center's water, after release from the tanks, contributes to the natural reserves and study sites at Jamison Pond and Putah Creek.

The department also has research programs at the Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory.