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The general aim of this group is to generate knowledge and to develop necessary instruments for the implementation of ecosystem approach in the management of living marine resources. In this line, the group of Fisheries Ecology aims not only to collaborate with the management and conservation of those resources and their ecosystem, but also to give an answer to the socioeconomic demands of the marine dependant productive sectors. To further this aim, the participation of members of our team in scientific advising organisms responsible for fisheries management, such as NAFO or ICES is significant.

In this setting, the group develops its research on fisheries of different exploited species target for industrial, artisanal and recreational fishing. This group is involved in many research projects including different topics such as the analysis of population dynamics, the study of essential biological parameters, critical interactions, the relationships between species and the use of habitat, always directed to improve the knowledge of populations ecology and the mechanisms that determine the fluctuations in fish abundance, with special emphasis on the study of recruitment, reproductive potential and the impact of the different measures of fisheries management on them.



Given the situation of general overexploitation of resources and the change in fisheries management strategies, this group also focuses on the development of new evaluation and management tools that consider the resilience of populations and the use of ecosystem indicators, in particular, focusing its interest in those resources with limited data.

As a support to these areas of research, this group has a laboratory of histology where the samples of reproductive biology studies are processed, a laboratory of image analysis in which different protocols to estimate reproductive parameters have been developed, equipment to determine the age of fish by reading and interpreting growth rings in otoliths, a laboratory for bioenergetics analysis and, more recently, acoustic telemetry instruments for spatial ecology and behaviour studies.



  • Fisheries ecology: Population dynamics. Fish stock assessment and management. Interaction between fishing and the environment. Artisanal fishing and its integrated management. Recruitment dynamics.
  • Fish ecology. Ecology and reproductive biology applied to fisheries. Life history dynamics. Conservation of reproductive potential. Reproductive resilience. Larval ecology. Sclerochronology and growth. Spatial and behavioural ecology.
  • Coordination of IIM Life History Service:




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