3 July 2018

Most of sea life is on the illuminated surface (first 200 meters), while the deep ocean (up to 4,000 meters deep) is almost empty. A study led by the Institute of Marine Science (ICM-CSIC) has found that, despite the differences between these regions, the microbial biodiversity of both is intimately connected. The results of the study, which are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), help to better understand the functioning of the planet and the great dispersal capacity of microorganisms.

Scientists from the ICM-CSIC, in Barcelona, ​​and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, in Saudi Arabia, have reached these conclusions after analyzing the samples taken during the 2010 Malaspina Circumnavigation Expedition. "They key was to analyze the diversity of free...

2 July 2018

Today, the new Iberian Society of Ecology (SIBECOL) has been constituted, starting with more than two thousand professionals from Spain and Portugal from all areas of ecology in terrestial and water ecosystems. The signature was made this afternoon at the Institut de Ciències de Mar de Barcelona (ICM-CSIC), which host SIBECOL.

This new partnership has been promoted by four Spanish and Portuguese scientific associations, the Spanish Association of Terrestrial Ecology (AEET), the Iberian Association of Limnology (AIL), the Sociedade Portuguesa de Ecología (SPECO) and the Spanish Society of Ethology and Evolutionary Ecology (SEEEE), with the support of an important representation of the community of marine scientists that were not yet grouped in any national society. "Joining in the same society researchers...

14 June 2018

Industrial activity generates harmful substances that can reach the most remote places on the planet, transported by winds and ocean currents. A new study conducted by the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM) and the Institute of Environmental Diagnosis and Studies of Water (IDAEA), both centres of CSIC, has detected cellular toxicity produced by anthropogenic-compounds in Antarctica seabed. Samples of Antarctic sediments come from several stations along more than 4,000 kilometers from the Weddell Sea and off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Finding compounds from human activity in these remote and apparently isolated regions is striking. Although since the 1970s there is evidence of the presence of anthropogenic contaminants in the Antarctic food chain, this study indicates, for the first time, that at the bottom of the...

5 June 2018

The Directorate General of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs of the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food, the Institute of Marine Sciences and the fishermen from Blanes, Palamós, Roses, Port de la Selva and Llançà join in an unique initiative in the Mediterranean region: 500 km2 of Girona’s coastline will be managed by the same fishing sector and measures will be implemented to enhance the sustainability and preservation of marine resources.

The agreement, which was presented last Saturday in a meeting with the participation of Sergi Tudela, general director of Fisheries and Maritime Affairs, Eusebi Esgleas, senior employer of the Fishermen's Association of Blanes, and Joan B. Company, from the ICM Renewable Resources department, aims to establish a co-management model in several...

23 May 2018

This week, the ICM is hosting the annual meeting of MERCES project (Restoration of the marine ecosystem in changing European seas), the first European project of the Horizon 2020 program dedicated to the restoration of marine ecosystems.

The degradation of ecosystems affects all marine habitats, from the coast to the deep sea. Developing global strategies, including restoration tools and protocols, communication campaigns, legal frameworks and encouraging the participation of the private sector is essential to promote restoration actions that guarantee the recovery of marine ecosystems and the conservation of biodiversity.

MERCES project involves 28 partners from 16 countries coordinated by the Polytechnic University of Marche (Italy). In the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Joaquim Garrabou coordinates the line...