Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is a world leader in marine science and technology, providing innovative solutions for the aquatic environment, biodiversity and food security.We are the UK’s most diverse centre for applied marine and freshwater science and research, covering an unrivalled breadth of specialist areas to provide a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to all our customers’ needs.Our customer base is diverse, including the UK government and UK Overseas Territories, international governments, public and private sector organisations, educational and research institutions, as well as non-governmental organisations. We work with industries across a range of sectors including:

  • Fisheries
  • Aquaculture
  • International government capability development
  • Marine and coastal infrastructure
  • Nuclear energy
  • Offshore renewable energy
  • Oil and gas
  • Shipping

Our partnerships with governments, industries and scientific organisations, both in the UK and around the world, help create and secure healthy and sustainable marine and freshwater environments. We are proud of our exceptional track record and the wide range and scale of projects we have successfully delivered.Over the past decades, Cefas has evolved from a small fisheries laboratory in Lowestoft, founded in 1902, to the international organisation it is today. The Lowestoft site now hosts our headquarters, with around 540 people employed nationally between the laboratory sites in Lowestoft and Weymouth as well as our small, port-based offices in Whitehaven, Scarborough, Exeter and Newlyn. We also have a dedicated team of experts in Kuwait and a presence in Oman, to meet the needs of our customers in the Middle East.Our services are comprehensive and our experienced teams are used to tailoring our provision to meet the needs of our customers.

  • Research, Advice and Consultancy
  • Emergency response
  • Laboratory services and analysis
  • Modelling
  • Programme management and training
  • Specialist surveys
  • Technology

Cefas has two laboratories: Lowestoft and Weymouth.

Contact Information
Director / Head: 
Tom Karsten
Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, NR33 OHT
Switchboard Number: 
01502 562244