The University Institute of Aquaculture and Sustainable Marine Ecosystems (IU-ECOAQUA®) is a research center of excellence at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (approval published in BOC on February 23, 2016).

It was born as a milestone of the European EcoAqua project, in which the EU through the HORIZONT 2020 program focuses on promoting centers of excellence for research and innovation within the European Research Area (ERA). Thus, IU-ECOAQUA is constituted to promote research, innovation and postgraduate training in aquaculture and the conservation and sustainable use of coastal resources.

It is a multidisciplinary Institute that brings together experts from different areas of knowledge, such as zoologists, botanists, physiologists, veterinarians, agronomists, pathologists, paleontologists, oceanographers, jurists, economists, etc., with a long history of international cooperation and development.