CENTRE OF MARINE SCIENCE OF ALGARVE (CCMAR)

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Competences: The Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to R&D in various aspects of marine research, including Conservation and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems and Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology. On the basis of international evaluation and excellence ranking it was awarded the status of Associate Laboratory together with CIIMAR (Oporto, Portugal). One of the central aims of CCMAR/CIMAR is to contribute to the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry, through basic and applied research directed to studies on nutrition and physiology of fish, on the development and optimisation of production systems and feeding regimes for fish, and on the improvement of the quality of fish products. These activities have been developed in the framework of several research projects, at both national and international level.

Material resources: CCMAR has an Aquaculture Research Station fully equipped and ready to perform fish rearing trials from first-feeding to juvenile stages. Laboratories for analytical work include a proteomic lab and a lab dedicated to tracer studies with larvae and juvenile fish.

Role: CCMAR will bring expertise and background knowledge to WPs 1, 2, 3 and 6, especially in the areas of proteomics, metabolic programming and tracer studies for analysis of nutrients interactions and for determining nutrients requirements.

Staff member’s profile:

  • Dr. Maria Teresa Dinis, coordinates the Aquaculture Research Group and has been since the eighties involved in marine fish cultivation projects at national and European level, in many as coordinator, focusing especially on new species for aquaculture (broodstock management, egg and larvae quality, farming systems). She has been a pioneer in the farming of Senegalese sole and currently she is interested in the interactions between Aquaculture and Environment and their socioeconomical implications.
  • Dr. Cláudia Aragão, Junior Research Scientist, works on nutrition in fish, focusing on amino acid metabolism and requirements. The focus of her research concerns interactions among stress, growth and nitrogen utilisation. Other research interests comprise quality indicators for fish eggs and larvae and bioactive compounds for enhanced performance in fish.
  • Dr. Sofia Engrola, Junior Research Scientist, works on improvement growth performance of marine fish, including effects of feeding strategies on digestive capacity and protein metabolism. Her current focus is the parental effects in larval quality for a future selection of fish genotypes.
  • Dr. Nàdege Richard, Junior Research Scientist, works on mechanisms underlying chronic stress response in fish using a proteomic and genomic approach. Her other research interests comprise the influence of dietary protein on skeleton metabolism in fish and the control of protein and gene expression by diet composition.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 288925. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.