Marine Biology and Aquaculture

Marine Biology And Aquaculture

The main objective of the Department of Marine Biology and Aquaculture is the generation of fundamental knowledge on the biology of fish and other aquatic animals of interest as exploitable resources.

The final goal is to understand the interrelations between the environment and biological processes at the level of both individuals and populations, and to apply this knowledge for aquaculture production, using Atlantic-Mediterranean and temperate water species.

Therefore, researchers focus on fundamental aspects of individual organisms and the mechanisms of action of organs and systems. Specific subjects and disciplines covered in this line are reproduction, endocrinology, genetics, embryology, ontogeny, nutrition, physiology and pathology. All these aspects are researched in an integrated approach to the processes from adult sexual maturation and reproduction through to completely metamorphosed juveniles, passing through the egg, embryo and larval stages.

The specific objectives of the FPA research line include:

  • Obtaining predictable spawns and high quality fertilised eggs by advancing in the control of maturation and spawning processes, as well as in genetics.

  • Producing reliable and healthy juveniles with long-term viability and high capacity for on-growing by advancing in knowledge of nutrition and in understanding the effects of environmental conditions during the larval stages.

  • Advancing in the diagnosis of alterations

  • Making progress towards full sustainability of aquaculture activities by minimising the potential impact on the natural environment.

Researchers
Gonzalo Martínez Rodríguez, Juan Bosco Ortiz Delgado, Francisco Prat Baella, Carmen Sarasquete Reiriz, Manuel Yúfera Ginés, Erick Perera Bravet, Carmen del Pilar Navarro Guillén

Technical staff
Juan José Blanco Benítez, Juan Antonio Canales Rodríguez, María del Carmen Carmona García, José Antonio Miquel Carreto, Esmeralda Ramos-García