The Cold-Ocean Deep-Sea Research Facility (CDRF) is a leading edge facility for research on cold-water and deep-sea organisms and ecosystems, invasive species, and aquatic infectious diseases of importance to fisheries and aquaculture – particularly those from the cold waters of the Arctic and North Atlantic oceans. It was designed to integrate into the rough terrain of the site and continue the aesthetic of existing buildings at the Ocean Sciences Centre.
"The ocean is so important to Canada’s environment, culture, economy, and health. Yet, it’s also of vital importance beyond our borders. Memorial University is a world leader in cold oceans research, and the research undertaken at this facility will have a global impact."
The CDRF offers researchers not only wet and dry laboratories, but also special features such as a local seawater line for continuous flow-through water supply to an AQC3 certified bio-containment facility. The facility is equipped with histology, microscopy, deep-sea and disease challenge equipment, including flow cytometer, confocal microscope, scanning electron microscope, deep-sea chambers, and equipment for pathogen culture/isolation. The Level 3 containment facility makes it safe to work on marine pathogens and invasive species and specialized tanks make it possible to work on animals at depths equivalent to 3,000 metres.
In addition to the CDRF, upgrades to other facilities were undertaken. These include a new pump house and deep-sea water supply to provide high quality, low temperature, sea water on a year-round basis; as well as the renovation and expansion of the aquatic animal holding areas, a new utilities annex with larger electric back-up generators and new boilers and improved water quality, and wet and dry lab space.
- The Level 3 containment facility makes it safe to work on marine pathogens and invasive species and specialized tanks make it possible to work on animals at depths equivalent to 3,000 metres