The Marine Research Institute has an aquarium service (SACUIM), made up of five members of staff who are specialised in the care and welfare of marine experimental organisms. The facilities of IIM aquarium are situated in the annex building and occupy a surface of 300 m2. They are divided into several separate rooms and properly equipped with walls and floors suitable for working with water. All the rooms have a fresh water supply, hot and cold sea water (filtered until 10 μM) and raw water (filtered until 50 μM), filtered air conditioning and a system to collect spills. It also has a pre-treatment of residual waters with ozone which fulfils the limits established by the regulations.

In the SACUIM we work with fish and molluscs species such as those belonging to the genus Hippocampus (seahorses), zebrafish, cephalopods, turbot and mussels. Likewise, it has the necessary infrastructure to culture and store phytoplankton and zooplankton species that are used as food for the fish and molluscs.

The SACUIM facilities of the IIM are considered a centre of animal experimentation, breeding and use complying with the REGA code ES360570202001 and have been recently subjected to a refurbishment and modernisation co-financed by FEDER funds (CSIC13-1E-2049 2012-2013), for technological and scientific facilities.


  • To comply with and enforce the current legislation on animal welfare for experimental animals (Royal decree-law 53/2013 and 296/2008). The aquarium staff are trained in animal welfare (categories B and C), and are perfectly qualified to advise on the technical aspects of the procedures to be followed in the handling of laboratory animals.
  • To keep the technical infrastructure of the aquarium such as pumps, air blowers, filters, UV lamps, perlon cleaning, illumination, air conditioned, etc., in coordination with the maintenance service of the centre.
  • To assist IIM-CSIC researchers in their procedures with experimental animals according to the corresponding internal regulations.
  • This group is in charge of controlling the register of experimental animals (RD 296/2008, DOGA Number 11 of the 16 January 2009): the number of individuals and species to which they belong, the entrances and exits, births, deaths, administered treatments, etc.




Rubén Chamorro Valverde


Phone: +34 986231930 ext. 860199

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