Publication – Fisheries in a Marine Protected Area: Insights about illegal fishing

  Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have been widely promoted as an essential tool for preserving fisheries resources, recovering marine biodiversity and ecosystem properties. The EU Biodiversity Strategy targeted a 30% of the EU Sea to be protected by 2030 including a 10% of strictly protected areas (no fishing allowed). However, little is known about the […]

Publication – Checklist of Chondrichthyans in Cyprus

Chondrichthyans (sharks, rays, skates and chimaeras) play a pivotal role in the marine environment providing stability to coastal and oceanic ecosystem structures and functions. Today, about half of the Mediterranean sharks and batoids are threatened with extinction, mainly due to by-catch (unintentional catch). Nevertheless, research on chondrichthyes, especially in the Eastern Mediterranean, is limited. In […]

Publication on elasmobranch fisheries and trade in Greece

Approaching the “real” state of elasmobranch fisheries and trade: A case study from the Mediterranean Elasmobranchs (sharks, rays and skates) are vulnerable taxa with 50% threatened with extinction, extirpations and steep population declines in the Mediterranean Sea. One of the major threats to elasmobranchs is fisheries exploitation of targeted or bycatch with a shocking 50-60% […]

New publication – Reforms in the management of alien species

Non-indigenous species (also known as alien or non-native) are species introduced outside their natural past or present range, which might survive and subsequently reproduce. There are more than 800 non-indigenous species in the Mediterranean, and the number has been exponentially growing in the recent decades, particularly through the Suez Canal. They are characterized as a […]

Identification guide for alien species

Non-indigenous or alien species are species living outside their native distributional ranges, which arrived there by human-driven activities, either deliberately or accidentally. The number of non-indigenous species in the Mediterranean Sea is growing rapidly in the recent decades. There are at least 821 multicellular alien species in the Mediterranean Sea of which more than 600 […]

A lionfish-hot July

1100 lionfish were removed from events that we (co-)organised as part of Relionmed-Life project in #July 2020 only! On 5th of July, MER has successfully organised the 4th derby of the RELIONMED project at Cape Greco. In this derby about 32 divers registered (30 Scuba and 2 Free divers) formed 13 teams of 2-3 individuals, all of […]

Quality and punctuality assured – Four projects delivered

MER is characterized by its passion and quality services, and trusted by a wide network in Cyprus and abroad. We are happy to announce the submission of the final reports of four additional projects, that were undertaken in a short-time frame and during the challenging period of COVID 19. A description of each project is […]

New project – Fisheries in MPA

We are excited with our new project, funded by RAC/SPA, which aims to map all the fishing activities in the recently established MPA of Cyprus (Cavo Greco), identify and quantify the illegal (unregulated) activities in the area and assess the interactions of the fisheries with the marine habitats of the area.    Read more in […]

MER is Recruiting!

We seek passionate people with exceptional love and passion for the marine environment, in what they do, and who are pursuing for opportunities to grow, develop, and make the difference. We are looking for skilful candidates, with both written and verbal communications skills, able to work both in a team and independently, and prevail under […]

Training new RAT members

12/02/2020 As part of RELIONMED project, it was our honor to train the new RAT (Removal Action Team) members, after receiving an invitation by the Board of the “Nautilus” dive club in Limassol. During the seminar, presentations were given about the issue of alien species, the lionfish and its impacts on the marine environment, handling […]