Marine 2018-01-30T09:34:28+00:00

On-going

RELIONMED

This project aims to make Cyprus the first line of defence against the invasion of the lionfish in the Mediterranean. The project’s main objectives are a) to develop in Cyprus the necessary capacity and mechanisms to be able to act as a first line of defence against the lionfish invasion and other invasive species invasions from the red sea, b)to demosntrate the effectiveness of a range of lionfish invasion prevention measures such as the development and implementation of an early survailance and detecion system and a removal response system and c) to develop the tools so that the built capacity can be transfered and replicated in other countries of the Mediterranean that will in the future face the lionfish in their waters.

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PROTOMEDEA

To design a Marine Protected Area (MPA) network, taking into account the protection of ecological characteristics and Essential Fish Habitats (EFH), significant areas for fisheries, as well as their socio-economic impacts.

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Artificial Reefs

The primary purpose is to collect baseline data regarding artificial reefs and structures and monitor the colonisation process in order to gain an understanding of the variables that should be studied selected when choosing an artificial reef site. To study the larval dispersion process in order to assess site selection criteria.

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Understanding multi-taxa ‘bycatch’

This project will focus on Cyprus, an important part of the already prioritised regions on two separate fishing gears: gillnets and longlines which are known to interact with sea turtles, seals, sharks, seabirds and cetaceans.

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Shallow water corals of Cyprus

The first ecological study of the scleractinian corals of the island of Cyprus. The following poster was presented by Dr. Carlos Jimenez at the Euro International Society for Reef Studies Symposium 2010: Reefs in a changing environment held between 13-17 December 2010 in Wageningen, Netherlands. This project is on-going.

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Palaeoecology of marine habitats

Reconstruct the composition and diversity of marine communities, particularly in coralligenous habitats. Study of the past relationships between marine organisms (e.g. epibionts) in the fossil records from different habitats (e.g. coastal, marine). Study of the growth rates of calcifying organisms in the fossil record and comparison with extant populations of the same species

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Effects of Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances on the Marine Habitats

Baseline data on the composition of coralligenous habitats in relation to inputs of terrestrial and atmospheric nutrients. Document the occurrence of mass mortality and bleaching of corals associated to sea warming events. Study of the cascading effects of non-native marine species (e.g. Lessepsian) on the coralligenous habitats. Impacts of swells and storms on the shallow water coralligenous habitats. Effects of changes on the sea level on vermetid reefs.

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Check-list and distribution of calcareous organisms (Bryozoan, Scleractinian corals) along the southern coasts of Cyprus

The primary purpose of this study was to provide, for the first time, a check-list regarding bryozoans and scleractinian corals together with their distribution along the southern coast of the island. A secondary aim was to investigate the way by which bryozoans and coral distribution, originating from bottom trawl survey, is affected by abiotic parameters (depth, temperature and salinity) focusing on the role of the Mazotos shipwreck (fourth-century BC) as an artificial reef compared to adjacent regions.

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Ancient and Modern Wrecks Ecology

Characterization and monitoring of the encrusting and vagile (e.g. ichthyofauna) organisms of the wrecks. Analysis of the geochemical composition and nature of the sediments inside and around the wreck sites.

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Biospeleology

Baseline data on the distribution and characteristics of the ecological communities in submerged caves. Connectivity of the cave environments in relation to nutrients’ pathways and exchange of organisms. Characterization of the coelobites and encrusting communities on the speleothems and bioconstructions.

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Lionfish (Pterois miles) invasion

The project aims to monitor and analyze the presence of the highly invasive alien species lionfish in Cyprus. Through a well-established island-wide network of collaborators (professional and recreational divers and fishermen, port and governmental authorities, volunteers and observers of opportunity) we acquire records of sightings and specimens, in order to understand the dispersal and development of P. miles populations.

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Completed

CYCLAMEN

This is a pioneer project for Cyprus and, through its associated scientific outreach programme, it aims to disseminate information about these ecosystems, still mostly unknown, to the general public.

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MarLitCy

arLitCy aimed to enhance cooperation between key actors of both communities, specifically between local authorities, harbour authorities, industry, fishermen, divers, beach tourism enterprises, and children and youth.

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Deep-water caves

The project involves the preliminary exploration of some caves in the North and South of Cyprus using technical diving techniques. It seeks to generate information on the caves’ characteristics and the organisms that constitute the marine biodiversity found in these largely unknown habitats.

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