Publication about the lionfish in the MBA magazine

A new MER article published recently in the magazine of The Marine Biological Assocation (Issue 9, January – June 2018), authored by us and and professor Jason Hall-Spencer from the Plymouth University. The article refers to the lionfish and our project RELIONMED. You can read the full article here.

Two new alien fish species in the Mediterranean

New publication in collaboration with iSea and the University of California Santa Cruz in the framework of the iSea citizen science project Is it Alien to you? Share it!!! Two alien fish species (Abudefduf sexfasciatus and Acanthurus sohal) have been recorded for the first time in the Mediterranean. We suspect aquarium releases. You can find […]

New fishery project

Creation and Upgrade of Fishery Management Systems and Preparation of Technical Specifications for the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research. We are pleased to announce the initiation of a new project aiming to create or upgrade the current technologies utilized by the DFMR to manage the fishery resources of Cyprus. More information about the project […]

New publication at the journal “Aquaculture” on IMTA

New article by MER just published at the Journal “Aquaculture” entitled: “Is Europe ready for integrated multi-trophic aquaculture? A survey on the perspectives of European farmers and scientists with IMTA experience”. Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) refers to the integrated farming of several species from different trophic levels in close proximity. In IMTA, one species is […]

Cape Greco: End of winter samplings

Winter samplings are challenging but always rewarding. One more seasonal expedition for the monitoring of native and alien species at Cape Greco area has been carried out successfully. 15 dives in 6 days, 45 transect lines, 180 quadrats, and numerous pictures and species have been collected for further analysis.

New publication by MER about a new amphipod species

New publication by Marine and Environmental Research – MER Lab Ltd. at the Zootaxa journal: A new species of Microdeutopus, M. periergos sp. nov. (Crustacea, Amphipoda, Senticaudata, Aoridae) from Cyprus (East Mediterranean Sea). The novel amphipod species was recorded in the waters of Cyprus and was named Microdeutopus periergos (periergos which means strange in Greek). […]

Monitoring H. stipulacea in Cyprus

Τhe seagrass Halophila stipulacea (Forsskål) Ascherson, 1867 is a tropical species that introduced in the eastern #Mediterranean about 100 years ago. Τhe last years, we observed an increased presence of the species around the island. Does it favoured by the #climate_change or did the species #adapted better to the Mediterranean conditions? Today, Marine and Environmental Research – MER Lab Ltd. & partners visited our monitoring […]

Lionfish populations grow faster than expected

Lionfish population continues to grow at an alarming rate. In the context of RELIONMED, we mentioned that a total of 24 samplings will be carried out (2 per month) with the aim to collect 50 individuals for biological analyses. Yesterday, we covered with ENALIA and DFMR an area less than 1 hectare where artificial reefs are deployed; and we collected […]

RELIONMED stakeholder meetings

Invitation to consultation meetings for the presence of the invasive lionfish in Cyprus and the contribution of RELIONMED We are pleased to invite you to a consultation meeting about the presence of the invasive lionfish in the marine environment of Cyprus, the role of the research programme ‘RELIONMED’ and the potential contribution of citizens”. If you are […]