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Busy times for CIIMAR researchers

The COVID19 pandemic may have limited our travel to conferences and meetings, it has just changed the way we attend meetings. Agnès Marhadour and Zacharoula Kyriazi, from CIIMAR, has been busy attending numerous online meetings over the last few months.  

In June, Zacharoula attended a webinar on the theme of “The Role of the Ecosystem Approach for Sustainable Aquaculture Intensification”.  This webinar was hosted by Sciaena and the presenter was Dr Doris Soto. Dr Soto discussed ecosystem approach (a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way) and how it can be used for intensification sustainable aquaculture.

Globally, about 50% of the fish we eat each year comes from aquaculture, and production numbers are growing in line with the demand in recent decades. However, this exponential growth has been slower in Europe than in other regions of the world, but the potential for causing damage to the marine environment is equally distributed. Is it possible to increase fish production in aquaculture in a sustainable way?

In September, Agnés participated in a webinar on “The World of Sustainable Seaweed Aquaculture”, hosted by the bluebioalliance and presented by Helena Abreau. Topics covered in the webinar were

  • Seaweed aquaculture in Europe

  • Species and Uses – showcasing the main species of seaweed farmed and their uses.

  • The case of ALGAPLUS, a land-based seaweed farming from Portugal.


Later in September, during European Research and Innovation days, Zacharoula took part in a meeting about the benefits the ocean and waters bring to our citizens. Other topics discussed were how to mobilise society to co-create solutions to recover and restore our ocean and waters, to change the way we act, consume, do business and make policies.

There was also a workshop /breakout meeting on Mission Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters

Together we can shape a better, bluer future for our Planet.