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National University of Ireland Galway - Carna Research Station (NUIG-CRS)


Based in south-west Connemara, the Carna Research Station (CRS) is the Ryan Institute’s off-campus marine laboratory and specialises in large-scale, exploratory aquatic investigations with a tradition of carrying out applied and basic research on existing and novel species for aquaculture. 

With direct access to an intricate Atlantic coastline of complex ecosystems, the research station also provides practical support for research opportunities.

The research group at CRS has established links with both commercial and academic partners within the aquaculture sector, and aims to bridge the traditional gap between these two spheres by focusing on scientific research with a scale and scope relevant to industry.

CRS offers Transnational Access services for ASSEMBLE Plus, for which NIUG is one of the Irish partners. Please note: NUIG-CRS research infrastructures and services are listed as NUIG in the ASSEMBLE Plus application system.


  • Seagrass (Zostera) beds
  • Maerl beds
  • Tidal rapids
  • Sedimentary habitats
  • Rocky habitats

Ecosystems access

  • ROV and shiptime campaigns possible subject to constraints on use of national research vessels
  • Charter for inshore work


Experimental facilities and technology platforms

  • Seawater supply
  • Tanks with photoperiod and temperature control
  • Fish feed formulation/production unit 
  • Facilities for phytoplankton and other live feeds production


Carna University Road
Co. na Gaillimhe
Co Galway

Liaison officer: Mark Johnson (, cc to:

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