The Institute


The beginnings of Instituto Of Marine Sciences Of Andalusia (ICMAN), date from 1943, when the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) founded the Instituto de Biología Aplicada, the Applied Biology Institute

In 1949 this Institute established the Section of Marine Biology. Two years later, under the administration of the Juan de la Cierva Foundation for Technical Research, this section was renamed the Instituto de Investigaciones Pesqueras (the Fisheries Research Institute) which included four coastal laboratories: Blanes, Vinaroz, Castellón and Vigo.

An additional laboratory was built in the area of the fishing harbour of Cadiz in 1955, named the "Instituto de Investigaciones Pesqueras: Cadiz Laboratory."

A short time later, in 1957, the recently- built laboratory of Barcelona became the headquarters of the Institution.
In 1978 with the reorganization of the CSIC, the laboratories of Blanes, Cadiz, Castellon and Vigo became Institutes in their own right, independent of the Barcelona Laboratory, and the Cadiz unit took the name of the Instituto de Investigaciones Pesqueras de Cádiz.

The choice of this new place stemmed primarily from the closeness to the Faculty of Sciences (University of Cadiz) and to the planned Faculty of Marine Sciences, which was completed a few years later. A new additional building with laboratories and offices was open in 2008. Then in 2010, a new building equipped for experimentation with aquatic animals was opened.

Since 2011, the ICMAN has been integrated, as a founder member, in the CEI·MAR (Campus of International Excellence of Sea/Oceans) which is coordinated by the University of Cadiz. In 2005 the 50th anniversary of the Institute’s creation was celebrated, and the occasion was marked with the publication of a book describing its history.

The ICMAN is also involved in the training of new researchers. These trainee researchers participate in Masters’ and Doctoral Schools in the Institute itself and in collaboration with various Universities; their Masters’ and Doctoral theses, including First Degree theses, are supervised by qualified staff of the Institute.

Download. The ICMAN : its 50 years of history

For more detailed information about the objectives and strategies of the ICMAN please consult the Institute’s Strategic Plan.

Strategic Plan

Institutional statement on the use of research animals

The Institute of Marine Science of Andalusia (ICMAN-CSIC) has joined the Agreement on Openness on Animal Research, promoted from the Federation of Scientific Societies in Spain (COSCE). The Agreement includes four principles to assist research centres to improve the information given to society.

More information on the Agreement in the web of the European Association of Research Animals (EARA).

Institutional statement on the use of research animals Acuerdo de Transparencia. COSCE. 2016.


Department Of Marine Biology And Aquaculture

Research group: Fish Physiology and Sustainable Aquaculture

Department of Ecology and Coastal Management

Research group: Ecotoxicology, Ecophysiology and Biodiversity of Aquatic Systems.
Research group: Ecosystems and Oceanography.

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