In the Estonian Marine Institute’s department of Fish Biology and Fisheries laboratory, which is located in Tartu, the preparation of different kinds of classified structures (e.g. otoliths, scales, bones) can be conducted.
The laboratory is equipped with following items:
1) Low speed precision saw for making thin sections (Buehler; IsoMet Low Speed Saw)
2) High speed precision saw for making thin sections using a matrix-cut (Struers; Accutom-50)
3) Grinder-polisher (Buehler; MetaServ 250) for sanding and polishing.
Prepared thin sections are used for identifying the age of the fish and for microchemical analyses to investigate the course of life of the fish. The laboratory is also equipped with stereo and biological microscopes.