Research at the ICM’s Renewable Marine Resources (RMR) Department focuses on the study of the biology and ecology of exploited marine species, their communities and ecosystems. The main zoological groups studied are fish, crustaceans and molluscs. Research takes place in all oceans, mainly in the Mediterranean, from the coastline to the deep sea, and also includes experiments carried out in laboratory aquaria under controlled conditions. Research focuses on several taxonomic groups and different levels of organisation. The studied topics include taxonomy, biodiversity, biology of organisms (such as development, growth and reproduction), population dynamics, effects of environmental variables and habitat characteristics on the organisms and their communities and anthropogenic impact on marine ecosystems. The ultimate goal is to reach an understanding of the functioning of marine organisms and ecosystems and to establish grounds for the sustainable management of these living resources. In general, researchers of this department participate in interdisciplinary projects by creating research groups as needed, according to the individual (or participating) scientists main specialities, and the objectives of the different ongoing research projects. The department  have a high degree of participation in international projects and committees, as well as a record of extensive predoctoral and postdoctoral formation abroad, with important flux of visiting scientists, especially young researchers (graduate students and postdoctoral) from both Spain and abroad.