IRSAI Kick Off – Integrating Remote Sensing and Artificial Intelligence to monitor maritime activities across Limassol Bay

On Wednesday 07/06 we had an amazing kick-off meeting for our ground-breaking project in Limassol! Limassol, known for its vibrant maritime sector and sentinel location, is facing an increasing threat from anthropogenic spillages in its coastal waters. These incidents not only endanger marine ecosystems but also impact the quality of life and economy of the […]

EIA Information Day – Expansion of Ichthys Eco-Farm

Under the EU’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive (2011/92/EU as amended by 2014/52/EU), major building or development projects in the EU must first be assessed for their impact on the environment. This is done before the project can start. The EIA procedure guarantees environmental protection and transparency with regard to the decision-making process for several public and […]

MER is hiring!

Are you a passionate marine biologist or a science enthusiast with a strong background in marine biology or a related field? Join our team and unlock your potential in Marine Biology. Experience the dynamic environment of our research-company, autonomy to shape projects, collaborate with diverse experts, accelerate your career, and make a significant impact while enjoying […]

New project – Environmental monitoring of Vasilikos LNG

 02/05/2023 We are excited to announce the launch of an important new project that aims to monitor and mitigate potential environmental impacts of a significant development in the energy sector of Cyprus. The Vasilikos LNG Receiving and Regasification Terminal Project has officially begun and is set to continue throughout 2023 and beyond. This terminal will […]

First culinary training course for invasive species

Ecologists and Chefs join forces: First culinary training course for invasive species More than fourteen thousand alien species have been introduced into Europe through anthropogenic practices. Invasive species pose a major threat to biodiversity worldwide, many are detrimental to society, human health and the economy. It is estimated that invasive species and the problems they […]

New project – Monitoring the construction of Paralimni Marina

Following the completion of the Paralimni marina Environmental Impact Assessment (see previous EIA project), MER prepared a monitoring plan that could be used evaluate the project effects in the marine environment, ensuring that unforeseen, significant and adverse environmental impacts are identified and mitigated. We were happy to be informed that MER was trusted again and […]

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 the number of established species exceeding the 600, since 2017. Some NIS become invasive when they cause negative ecological effects. Invasive NIS have also become a major social issue impacting human health and interacting with recreational activities and aesthetic values. A number […]

Publication – Resilience of seagrass populations to thermal stress across regions

Seagrass species, such as Posidonia oceanica, are particularly susceptible to ocean warming and have undergone extensive thermal stress, mortality, and range contraction over recent decades. The Mediterranean has experienced rapid warming, 2–3 times faster than the average global ocean over the past three decades. Marine heatwaves have impacted central populations of P. oceanica and studies […]

Publication – Reproductive dynamics of the invasive lionfish (Pterois miles)

The Indo-Pacific origin lionfish Pterois miles has invaded the Mediterranean Sea in 2012 through the Suez Canal. The limited natural predators of lionfish in its newly introduced habitats, naïve prey, generalist predation and adaptability, and rapid growth rates, have led to a rapid population spread and expansion of its distribution to the entire eastern basin. […]