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 […]

IDREEM Final Report

Increasing Industrial Resource Efficiency in European Mariculture (IDREEM) initiated at October of 2012 and ended in September of 2016. This 4 year project was coordinated by SAMS and funded by ENV 2012 – FP7 program. IDREEM promoted the concept of Integrated Multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) which even though it offers obvious benefits it has not yet been adopted […]

Geographic Patterns of Biodiversity

New publication on biodiversity of coastal soft-bottom macrofauna communities in European marine waters Within the COST action EMBOS (European Marine Biodiversity Observatory System), the degree and variation of the diversity and densities of soft-bottom communities from the lower intertidal or the shallow subtidal was measured at 28 marine sites along the European coastline (Baltic, Atlantic, […]

RELIONMED project announcement

New project, funded under the EU LIFE instrument, aiming to prevent lionfish expansion in the Mediterranean We are proud to announce that our proposal titled ‘RELIONMED’ aiming to REmove LIONfish from the MEDiterranean has been approved by the EU’s financial instrument LIFE. As the initiator and the major driving force behind the proposal, MER will […]

Lionfish invasion in Mediterranean

Lionfish are increasing their abundance and are reproducing in the Mediterranean which is alarming We are proud to announce that our manuscript titled ‘A lionfish (Pterois miles) invasion has began in the Mediterranean Sea‘ has finally got published in Marine Biodiversity Records. It can be accesed here. The article shows evidence that the lionfish have colonised […]

Sponge cultivation trials have started

Trials with cultivating bathing sponges near the net cages of Seawave Fisheries Ltd fish farm in Cyprus have started. These sponge trials are the last of a series of experiments where filter feeder marine invertebrates and detritivores were cultivated around a fish farm at south Cyprus. We have so far experimented with mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis), […]