7 April 2014

The Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM) hosted last week a group of students of Environmental Biology dealing with the subject of “Aquaculture and Management of Animal Resources”. This is part of a new collaboration with the UAB Universtity to disseminate the research undertaken at the Institute. Students received a conference in the ICM’s auditorium on the value of aquaculture and the research on the reproduction of species of commercial interest. Then, the group visited the aquaria facilities and observe in situ how the different species are kept and how some of the experimental studies are performed.

This innitiative has been organized by Mercedes Blázquez (ICM) and Anna Soler (UAB) and has counted with the valuable help of Paula Medina, Eva Galimany and Elvira Martínez.

2 April 2014

The Institute of Marine Sciences is hosting this week the meeting of COMEDA experts working group, which is the first meeting of this new ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Sea) working group. The meeting is attended by 20 participants from various European scientific institutions, including Spain, France, Greece, England, Denmark and Germany.

WG COMEDA is an integrative and comparative platform at two levels. First, bringing together scientists from Atlantic and Mediterranean. Second, the WG calls for a comparative platform of research to harmonize and integrate the knowledge on populations, communities and ecosystems structure and function, as well as how different organization levels face external stressors.

The aim of COMEDA is to identify sensitive species (or species compartment) and/or...

25 March 2014

Scientists at the Institut de Ciències del Mar participate in the European project Mariabox (“MARINE environmental in situ Assessment and monitoring tool BOX”). The project, funded by the European Seventh Framework Program (FP7), aims to develop automatic sensors for analyzing pollutants and algae toxins in the sea. The devices will be instal·led on buoys in several points along the European coast. They will be designed to provide a quicker and  cheaper sampling which, combined with the real time monitoring, will guarantee the improvement of current monitoring systems.

Nowadays, to control the quality of the sea water, samples are routinely taken and sent to the laboratory to be analyzed. The process can take several days. But, as Esther Garcés explains, “there is an urgent need of...

13 March 2014

Next November 2014, the Institute of Marine Science will host the 2nd edition of the Ecopath conference, titled "Modeling ecosystem dynamics: beyond boundaries with EwE ", celebrating the 30th birthday of the Ecopath approach to model aquatic ecosystems.

EwE is a free software platform that allows the modeling of aquatic ecosystems and their temporal and spatial dynamics to study the structure and functioning of these systems, and the impact of environmental factors and human activities on them. The conference and workshops are organized by the Institute of Marine Science (ICM-CSIC), the Exploited Marine Ecosystems Unit (UMR EME212), the Universite Montpellier II (IRD-Ifremer), the association of research EII and the Ecopath Research and Development International Consortium.

The event will be held at the...

28 February 2014

The General Secretariat of Fisheries and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment awarded to Francesc Piferrer, Research Professor at the Department of Renewable Marine Resources of the Institute of Marine Sciences, the XII Jacumar Aquaculture Research Award for the work entitled "Epigenetics of fish sex determination: How the temperature during the larval stages determines the sex ratio in the European sea bass and its application in aquaculture for the production of a greater number of females."

With this research, the team led by Piferrer, The Group of Biology of Reproduction, has allowed the development of an innovative and patented method, the first of its kind the world, to maximize the number of females in cultured sea bass stock. The industry, which has participated always with basic research projects...