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From the 1 January 2014, the previous HAKI was integrated into the National Agriculture Research and Innovation Centre (NARIC) and will continue the activity under its professional and administrative control (NARIC HAKI). Further on, according to the NAIK memorandum, HAKI will administer its public duties and its core activities covered in harmony as follows:


  • Protection of the genetic base of inland fish-production, widening the genetic resources of the production, exploration of new consumption opportunities, and develop the production technology, which effectively utilizes the genetic potential;
  • Physiological, genetic, molecular, biological and population-level investigations to develop a knowledge on the biological background of the fish-production;
  • Reproduction investigations and improvements, to provide a safe and quality breeding material;
  • Development of inland production technology for new species;
  • Development of fish production technologies which match the natural and biological capability of the agricultural production;
  • Development of energy-, water-, and material-saving fish production technologies, to decrease the environmental impact of fish farming;
  • Development of the engineering and technical norms for fish farming;
  • Promotion of use of the renewable energy sources in fish farming;
  • Research promoting the food production based on safe inland- commodities, supporting the healthy diet for population which favors “value for money”;
  • Development of feeds suitable to produce high quality animal products maintaining the required level of nutritional indicators and the human nutritional values;
  • Promotion of reasonable fish farming activities with investigations which tend to save the natural water fish stocks;
  • Provide Advisory Service - conduct laboratory tests;
  • Perform analyses and impact assessments supporting the legislation and regulations;
  • Management of the professional databases supporting the leadership of the fish farming sector and the decision-making.


The NAIK HAKI is the leading institute in fields of the inland fishery and aquaculture in Hungary. The institute operates in the Kőrös valley, which has notable tradition in fishery, and is the successor of the “Royal Experimental Station for Fish Physiology and Waste Water Purification”, founded in Budapest in 1906. As a result of a DAO/UNDP development project between 1974 and 1980, the Institute became an internationally approved R&D and education center in the field of Freshwater aquaculture development. There are two main scientific objectives in the HAKI’s scope of activities. From one side, we are aiming on the food production through improvement of pond and tank culture, and, from the other side, we want to achieve a sustainable utilization of water resources, such as thermal wells, for the purpose of fish farming. The high priority in the Institute’s research strategy is to take into consideration the sustainability criteria and  the impact of fish farming activities on the socio-economic environment.

The three major research fields of the Institute are: Aquaculture system development, water-ecology and fish biology. The research in these fields is being conducted in frame of specific projects, such as: fish genetics- maintaining of live and frozen fish gen banks; fish nutrition-physiology and foraging; prevention and treatment of fish diseases; the construction and operation of water ecosystems; treatment of waste water from fish production systems; development of water saving and environmental friendly fish production systems; multifunctional pond culture; introduction of new fish species to aquaculture; aquaculture economy and marketing; and  inland fisheries.


There are 28 researchers employed in the Institute, from these 14 are PhD. Their job is helped by 16 number of research assistants.



The development of the webpage (in 4 languages) has been 
supported by the AQUAREDPOT project funded by the European Commission (FP7-316266).

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