Globally, aquaculture is the fastest growing food producing sector. The sustainable, profitable production of healthy seafood is a core research area at the Centre for Chemistry and Biotechnology (CCB).

Aquaculture is characterised by having an environmental, economic and social scope. This includes reducing pressure on wild fish stocks, generating wealth for coastal and rural communities, and producing nourishing, sustainable and nutritious seafood.

Feed is one of the industry's highest recurrent costs. Aquafeed is fundamental to the health and performance of cultured stocks, the quality of the final product, and the surrounding environments.

Our facilities

Our state-of-the-art aquaculture facility includes:

  • two laboratories for nutritional profiling 
  • chemical and biochemical analyses 
  • a feed room with pelleting machines 
  • a small-scale aquafeed extruder 
  • a drying room.

Research priorities

Our research focuses on:

  • lipids and fatty acid metabolism in farmed fish
  • fish meal and fish oil replacement
  • nutritional physiology
  • novel ingredients for future feeds
  • tailored R&D for the Australian aquaculture industry
  • seafood quality (health benefits, sensorial properties and traceability)
  • marine resources markets and uses.

Offering high-quality research outputs, we attract significant funding through research grant schemes, governmental agencies, public funding schemes and industry stakeholders.

While our research influences the broader global scientific community and knowledge, it also supports local and national industries and communities by improving environmental and economic sustainability.

Award-winning nutrition

CCB's Associate Professor Giovanni Turchini has been awarded one of the Nutrition Society of Australia's (NSA's) highest honours – the NSA annual medal for research on the production in fish of long chain omega 3 fatty acids. This research has significant potential benefits in human disease prevention.

Focusing on the Atlantic salmon industry – Australia's most significant aquaculture sector – Dr Turchini's work focuses on cellular metabolism and how it connects to the bigger picture of utilisation and sustainability.

Aquaculture has some major hurdles to overcome before it can reach its sustainability goals. However, I’m confident that targeted research can alleviate many of the challenges facing this vibrant and dynamic industry.



Featured researcher

Dr David Francis has a BSc (Hons) in Fisheries Management and Aquaculture and a PhD in Aquaculture Nutrition. David's research interests span protein, lipid and carbohydrate nutrition, placing a particular focus on sustainable aquafeed development, nutritional biomarkers of organism health, and the establishment of new aquaculture species. 

 David's contributions to aquaculture have been recognised by way of international awards and fellowships. His work has ultimately assisted in the sustainable expansion of the aquaculture industry towards the production of fish and seafood for a growing global population.

Contact us

Group Coordinator
Associate Professor Giovanni Turchini
+61 3 5563 3312
Email A/Prof. Turchini