Department

Renewable Marine Resources

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT:

JOAN B. COMPANY

LAURA RECASENS

Departament de Recursos Marins Renovables

Research at the Renewable Marine Resources 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.

Researchers at the Department of Renewable Marine Resources lead three research groups: Functioning and Vulnerability of Marine Ecosystems, Biology of Reproduction and Ecology and Conservation of Marine Living Resources.

In the framework of the ICM challenges and research lines, researchers of the Renewable Marine Resources Department work on a range of topics including:

- Taxonomy and biodiversity
- Field and experimental biology of marine organisms
- Interactions among environment, organisms and marine communities
- Ecosystem effects of anthropogenic impacts and conservation of marine living resources

Research lines

RENEWABLE MARINE RESOURCES DEPARTMENT WEB SITE

Researchers
47
Publications *
135
Funding *
3846
k€
* Data from the last two years

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Highlights

Planning and running the workshop “Update and analysis of environmental data and explore the linkages with hake recruitment data”. NatMIRC, Swakopmund, Namibia. 3-14 Sep 2018. International cooperation action funded by Cooperación Española and CETMAR (Spain) and Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (Namibia).

Coordinación del Servicio de Asesoramiento Pesquero (SAP). Seguimiento pesquero y valoración de las medidas de gestión pesquera en Catalunya. Objetivo principal: seguimiento y evaluación de las principales especies de interés pesquero de la costa catalana (Mediterráneo noroccidental).

Coordinating research in support to application of Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries (EAF) and management advice in the Mediterranean and Black Seas (CREAM)

Olivar, M.P. invited by the International Indian Ocean Expedition INVESTIGATOR2019_V03 from May 13 to June 14, 2019 in the Indian Ocean. Responsible of the ictioplankton.

Abelló, P. invited by the Centro de Investigaçao Pesqueira Aplicada (CIPA) and Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO) to participate, as expert in faunistics and biology of decapod crustaceans, in the fisheries research cruise BISSAU1219 in EEZ waters of Guinea-Bissau (Nov-Dec 2019).

Software MEFISTO 4.0: Mediterranean fisheries simulation tool: a bioeconomic model for Mediterranean fisheries. F.Maynou

Patent no. EP 18382646: Method for predicting sex in fish. European patent, requested on 09/07/2018.

Ribas, L , Piferrer, F. A DNA-demethylating agent (the decitabine) used for cancer treatment is able to modulate sex in the zebrafish model (2018) VIII Jornada SCB: Chromatine and Epigenetics (Barcelona) 16 March. Invited speaker.

Ribas, L (2018). L’ús de la genòmica funcional per a entendre els processos de la diferenciació sexual en peixos. II Congrés de Biologia. Jornada d’Aqüicultura (Barcelona) 3 May. Invited speaker.

Piferrer, F. 2018. Development of essential epigenetic markers: Application to the predication of gonadal sex and the identification of the early signs of domestication. XIII International Symposium of Genetics in Aquaculture. Cairns (Australia) 15-20 July Plenary lecture.

Piferrer, F. (2018). Sex chromosomes, sex determination and sex differentiation in fish. XVIII Simpósio de Citogenética e Genética de Peixes - SCGP 2018. Cascavel (Paraná), Brasil, 4-7 November. Plenary lecture.

Publications
  • An inverse latitudinal gradient in speciation rate for marine fishes
  • Micro-computed tomography and histology to explore internal morphology in decapod larvae
  • Feeding ecology of early life stages of mesopelagic fishes in the equatorial and tropical Atlantic
  • Trophic position of lanternfishes (Pisces: Myctophidae) of the tropical and equatorial Atlantic estimated using stable isotopes
  • Consistent inverse correlation between DNA methylation of the first intron and gene expression across tissues and species
Projects
  • RESERVAS MARINAS DE INTERES PESQUERO COMO HERRAMIENTA DE GESTION PARA RECUPERAR PESQUERIAS ICONICAS DEL MEDITERRANEO: EL CASO DE LA CIGALA NEPHROPS NORVEGICUS
  • GANADORES, PERDEDORES Y CAMBIOS DE LA RED TROFICA PELAGICA DEL MEDITERRANEO OCCIDENTAL: DE CONSECUENCIAS ECOLOGICAS A PROYECCIONES FUTURAS
  • Sustainable management of mesopelagic resources
  • Paradigm for Novel Dynamic Oceanic Resource Assessments
  • Consumer driven Production: Integrating Innovative Approaches for Competitive and Sustainable Performance across the Mediterranean Aquaculture Value Chain
Contracts
  • Estudio de las consecuencies socioeconomicas del uso de la malla cuadrada de 5O mm en la pesca de demersals de las comarcas de Girona.
  • Estudio histológico, endocrinológico y molecular del efecto de gonadotropinas recombinantes en machos de lenguado
  • IMPLEMENTACION DE HERRAMIENTAS GENÓMICAS, MORFOMETRICAS Y EPIGENETICAS PARA MEJORAR EL CULTIVO DE LA LUBINA EN LA PLANTA DE ABSA, S.A.U.