The Aquarium of Crete stays true to its aim to inform and raise the awareness of the general public on issues related to the marine environment and takes part in scientific projects in cooperation with the HCMR. At the same time, the Aquarium is part of networks with other aquariums and museum that aim at diffusing scientific knowledge in a variety of ways and actions.
Research at the Aquarium
The experimental scientific research is an important element of the function of the Aquarium of Crete. Modern infrastructure offers us the opportunity to observe the cycle of life and the behaviour of the animals that are accommodated. The cameras you may have observed on the outer of some particular tanks serve the same purpose. However, research continues to take place behind the scenes of the Aquarium, where the preservation quarantines are located.
We pay particular emphasis at researching foreign species, those known as "lessepsian migrants”, that are influenced by the tropical food chains. We put great effort to the research and care of endangered and protected species such as sea turtles, marine mammals as well as invertebrates.
In collaboration with local agencies and environmental organisations, we take on the responsibility of caring for wounded or sick animals that are set free to their natural habitat after their treatment is complete.
Our research is performed in collaboration with the Aqualabs, the scientific facilities of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research that is the largest facility for marine experimental tanks in the Mediterranean.
Research at HCMR
The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research is the largest research foundation for marine sciences in Greece and one of the largest in Europe. Its facilities are located in Anavyssos, Attica, in Gournes Heraklion (Thalassokosmos) and in Rhodes. Approximately 500 people, researchers, research technicians and administrative staff work for the three Scientific Institutes of the Centre:
Institute of Oceanography
The Institute of Oceanography records and studies the physical, geological, chemical and biological processes in the marine ecosystem. It researches and offers services to the biogeochemical sections of the coastal environment, operational oceanography, open seas oceanography, marine technology and measuring and forecasting the state of the seas.
Institute of Marine Biology Resources & Inland Waters
The Institute of Marine Biology Resources & Inland Waters:
• researches the ways of rational management of fishing
• observes and evaluates fish reserves as well as investigating the selectivity and possibility of improving the fishing equipment
• is engaged in environmental research of surface and groundwater, in solving problems about the use and protection of water resources and in preservation and reducing pollution.
Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture
The Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture conducts research in the fields of marine biodiversity, marine ecology, microbiology, marine management, genetics and genomics of marine species and biology of farmed species or species that can be farmed in future (physiology, pathology, ethology, developmental biology, immunology, metabolism, etc.). It also is engaged in farming technologies of marine species.