Interdisciplinary Center for Aquaculture Research (INCAR)


Last week, FAO published a report titled “Greenhouse gas emissions from aquaculture: A life cycle assessment of three Asian systems”.


“La estrategia de Salmofood en base a Nutrigenómica da sus primeras luces”

Publicado el 15 de Septiembre de 2017

“Realizan taller de vulnerabilidad al cambio climático de salmonicultura.”

Publicado el 15 de Septiembre de 2017

“Proyecto aborda cómo la pesca y acuicultura deberán enfrentarse al cambio climático.”

Publicado el 15 de Septiembre de 2017

“Profesores de la Provincia del Biobío aprendieron nuevas formas de enseñar los contenidos del Año de los Océanos.”

Publicado el 11 de Agosto de 2017


INCAR seeks to generate relevant scientific knowledge instrumental to the task of turning aquaculture into an ecologically, economically and socially sustainable productive activity, in order to contribute to sustainable development in Chile.


INCAR becomes a globally recognized center of excellence for sustainable aquaculture research in the Southeast Pacific.


INCAR’s main goals as a Center of Excellence are:

(i) To contribute to the knowledge of complex biological processes (e.g. reproduction, physiological adaptation, pathogen vulnerability) in relevant species, as a strategy to achieve sustainable aquaculture;

(ii) To produce cutting-edge knowledge on the impacts of aquaculture on ecosystems, including ecological, biological, economic and social dimensions;

(iii) To generate ecologically, biologically, epidemiologically, oceanographically, economically and socially relevant knowledge for the optimal mitigation of aquaculture’s negative impacts on socio-ecological systems and for the design of incentive-based economic regulatory systems for aquaculture-related activities.


INCAR attaches great importance on the dissemination of scientific knowledge and technological transfer for sustainable aquaculture. Social outreach programs seek to share and inspire the general public with the knowledge generated by and transferred from our center. During its first year, INCAR has prioritized links with high schools specializing in technical training in aquaculture.


INCAR has included within its social outreach program, the development of education modules to disseminate knowledge and promote sustainable aquaculture in technical high schools, which includes workshops and talks for students, as well as workshops for teachers according to the specific needs of each teaching center.

Currently, INCAR is carrying out a series of workshops and talks at the Filidor Gaete in LLico High School, and the Pencopolitan High School in Penco, both belonging to the Bio Region. Both high school students and teachers participate in this activity. During 2014, the Insular High School of Achao and the Capitan Williams Institute of the Sea in Chonchi, on the Island of Chiloé, and the Arturo Prat Chacon Professional High School in Puerto Cisnes in the Aysén Region will also take part in this program.


Aquaponics is a system of sustainable aquaculture that mixes fish culture with hydroponic plants. This system has been used to address topics such as the nitrogen cycle, photosynthesis, recycling, depuration and sustainable production of foods in different aquaculture high schools of the country and in scientific fairs open to the community.


INCAR is intended to contribute to the development of small-scale aquaculture in Management and Exploitation Areas for Benthic Resources administered by artisan fishing organizations. This program is based on capacity-building in artisan fishing coves, and modules are dictated in greater depth based on the local issues of interest determined by each organization.