Marine & Environmental Research (MER) Lab is based at the east side of touristic Limassol, south coast of Cyprus and operates in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Our upgraded facilities are about 200 m from the beach, less than 2 km from the ancient port of Amathounta and very near Marine Protected Areas with artificial reefs, pristine rocky coastlines and some that are heavily impacted by multiple anthropogenic stressors; providing thus ideal conditions for marine monitoring, research and conservation.
COASTAL & OFFSHORE RESEARCH
Our company is a Research Performing SME and a reliable key partner to universities, research institutes, NGOs, and policy-makers. Cyprus is a great study site due to its location and natural conditions. We have experience with local and EU research projects and we welcome research partnerships in the field of marine sciences.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS & MONITORING
We specialize in marine surveys and environmental baseline characterization, evaluation of the impacts of proposed and existing coastal or offshore developments, proposition of mitigation measures and monitoring of biotic and abiotic variables.
Fisheries are collapsing. Populations of most large fish are overexploited. There is now an urgent need to manage fisheries sustainably. MER personnel have participated as observers on-board in several fishery techniques, and have experience with all fishery types, collection of data, and analysis of population dynamics.
Aquaculture produces most of the seafood, but the sustainability of this practice is questionable. We work closely with fish farms of the island and we offer a range of services, such as, management, environmental consulting, disease diagnostics, nutrition, advanced infrastructure and biomitigation.
Proposal for co-management of fishery resources using bottom-up participatory processes (2021 – Ongoing)
Baseline survey and monitoring of Non-Indigenous Species (NIS) in three Marine Protected Areas (Tender # 35/2020, DFMR) (2021 – Ongoing)
Our Latest Video
New Call: MER is recruiting
MER team is growing! We are looking for candidates with a passion for the...
MER is recruiting!
MER is looking for an ambitious individual who wants to become part of...
First culinary training course for invasive species
Ecologists and Chefs join forces: First culinary training course for invasive species More...
New project – Monitoring the construction of Paralimni Marina
Following the completion of the Paralimni marina Environmental Impact Assessment (see previous EIA...
Publication – Conflicting interests and growing importance of non-indigenous species in fisheries
Invasions by non-indigenous species (NIS) are rapidly changing the Mediterranean marine ecosystems, with...
Publication – Resilience of seagrass populations to thermal stress across regions
Seagrass species, such as Posidonia oceanica, are particularly susceptible to ocean warming and...
Marine Biology and Ecology, Aquaculture and Fisheries
“If you can’t figure out your purpose, follow your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.”