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Fisheries, Biodiversity and Conservation

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The main objectives of the group are to contribute to the improved management and sustainable exploitation of the multi-species resources of the Algarve coastal waters.




Fishing and fishing related activities are of considerable importance in the Algarve (southern Portugal), which is the Portuguese region with the highest percentage of the working population directly or indirectly involved in fisheries. The main objectives of the group are to contribute to the improved management and sustainable exploitation of the multi-species resources of the Algarve coastal waters. In recent years, the fisheries sector has been under considerable pressure, with a decline in landings of many of the most important species.





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Gandra M, Erzini K, Abecasis D. Diel and seasonal changes in the spatial behaviour of a soft-sediment fish ( Solea senegalensis ) inside a marine reserve. Marine Environmental Research. 2018. doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.01.015
Marçalo A, Guerreiro PM, Bentes L, et al. Effects of different slipping methods on the mortality of sardine (Sardinapilchardus) after purse-seine capture off the Portuguese Southern coast (Algarve). PLoS One. 2018;13(5).
Baeyaert J, Abecasis D, Afonso P, Graça G, Erzini K, Fontes J. ‘Solo datasets’: unexpected behavioural patterns uncovered by acoustic monitoring of single individuals. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology. 2018:1 - 19. doi:10.1080/10236244.2018.1517018
Hyder K, Weltersbach MSimon, Armstrong M, et al. Recreational sea fishing in Europe in a global context-Participation rates, fishing effort, expenditure, and implications for monitoring and assessment. Fish and Fisheries. 2017. doi:10.1111/faf.12251
Abecasis D, Afonso P, Erzini K. An ecological framework for the development of a national MPA network. Aquatic Living Resources. 2017;30:14. doi:10.1051/alr/2017013
Pita P, Artetxe I, Diogo H, et al. Research and management priorities for Atlantic marine recreational fisheries in Southern Europe. Marine Policy. 2017;86:1 - 8. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2017.08.030
Boavida J, Assis J, Reed J, Serrão EA, Gonçalves JMS. Comparison of small remotely operated vehicles and diver-operated video of circalittoral benthos. Hydrobiologia. 2016;766(1):247 - 260. doi:10.1007/s10750-015-2459-y
Villasante S, Pierce GJ, Pita C, et al. Fishers' perceptions about the EU discards policy and its economic impact on small-scale fisheries in Galicia (North West Spain). Ecological Economics. 2016;130:130 - 138. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2016.05.008
Boavida J, Paulo D, Aurelle D, et al. A Well-Kept Treasure at Depth: Precious Red Coral Rediscovered in Atlantic Deep Coral Gardens (SW Portugal) after 300 Years. Pronzato R, ed. PLOS ONE. 2016;11(1):e0147228. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147228.s005
Lloret J, Cowx IG, Cabral H, et al. Small-scale coastal fisheries in European Seas are not what they were: Ecological, social and economic changes. Marine Policy. 2016. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.11.007
Veiga P, Pita C, Rangel M, et al. The EU landing obligation and European small-scale fisheries: What are the odds for success?. Marine Policy. 2016;64:64 - 71. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2015.11.008
Afonso P, Abecasis D, Santos RSerrão, Fontes J. Contrasting movements and residency of two serranids in a small Macaronesian MPA. Fisheries Research. 2016;177:59 - 70. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2015.12.014
Boavida J, Paulo D, Aurelle D, et al. A Well-Kept Treasure at Depth: Precious Red Coral Rediscovered in Atlantic Deep Coral Gardens (SW Portugal) after 300 Years. PLoS One. 2016;11(1):e0147228. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147228
Serra-Pereira B, Erzini K, Figueiredo I. Using biological variables and reproductive strategy of the undulate ray Raja undulata to evaluate productivity and susceptibility to exploitation. J Fish Biol. 2015;86(5):1471-90. doi:10.1111/jfb.12653
Pearson GA, Lago-Lestón A, Cánovas F, et al. Metatranscriptomes reveal functional variation in diatom communities from the Antarctic Peninsula. ISME J. 2015;9(10):2275-89. doi:10.1038/ismej.2015.40
Abecasis D, B Costa He, Afonso P, Gonçalves EJ, Erzini K. Early reserve effects linked to small home ranges of a commercial fish, Diplodus sargus, Sparidae. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 2015;518:255 - 266. doi:10.3354/meps11054
Abecasis D, Abecasis ARita Costa. First report of cleaning behaviour in white sea bream ( Diplodus sargus ). Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology. 2015;48(1):71 - 75. doi:10.1080/10236244.2014.990700
Abecasis D, Afonso P, Erzini K. Changes in movements of white seabream (Diplodus sargus) during the reproductive season. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2015;167:499 - 503. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2015.10.032
Abecasis D, Afonso P, Erzini K. Toward adaptive management of coastal MPAs: The influence of different conservation targets and costs on the design of no-take areas. Ecological Informatics. 2015;30:263 - 270. doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2015.08.009
Almada F, Abecasis D, Villegas-Ríos D, et al. Ichthyofauna of the Selvagens Islands. Do small coastal areas show high species richness in the northeastern Atlantic?. Marine Biology Research. 2015;11(1):49 - 61. doi:10.1080/17451000.2014.889306
Oliveira F, Monteiro P, Bentes L, Henriques NSales, Aguilar R, Gonçalves JMS. Marine litter in the upper São Vicente submarine canyon (SW Portugal): Abundance, distribution, composition and fauna interactions. Mar Pollut Bull. 2015;97(1-2):401-7. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2015.05.060
Costa BHorta e, Batista MI, Gonçalves L, et al. Fishers' behaviour in response to the implementation of a Marine Protected Area. PLoS One. 2014;8(6):e65057. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065057
B Costa He, Assis J, Franco G, et al. Tropicalization of fish assemblages in temperate biogeographic transition zones. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 2014;504:241 - 252. doi:10.3354/meps10749
Serra-Pereira B, Erzini K, Maia C, Figueiredo I. Identification of potential essential fish habitats for skates based on fishers' knowledge. Environ Manage. 2014;53(5):985-98. doi:10.1007/s00267-014-0257-3
Goldenberg SU, Erzini K. Seagrass feeding choices and digestive strategies of the herbivorous fish Sarpa salpa. J Fish Biol. 2014;84(5):1474-89. doi:10.1111/jfb.12371
Abecasis D, Afonso P, Erzini K. Can small MPAs protect local populations of a coastal flatfish, Solea senegalensis ?. Fisheries Management and Ecology. 2014;21(3):175 - 185. doi:10.1111/fme.2014.21.issue-310.1111/fme.12061
Bartilotti C, A Santos dos, Castro M, Peliz A, Santos AMP. Decapod larval retention within distributional bands in a coastal upwelling ecosystem. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 2014;507:233 - 247. doi:10.3354/meps10817
Abecasis D, Afonso P, Erzini K. Combining multispecies home range and distribution models aids assessment of MPA effectiveness. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 2014;513:155 - 169. doi:10.3354/meps10987
Esteves AIS, Hardoim CCP, Xavier JR, Gonçalves JMS, Costa R. Molecular richness and biotechnological potential of bacteria cultured from Irciniidae sponges in the north-east Atlantic. FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 2013;85(3):519-36. doi:10.1111/1574-6941.12140
Marçalo A, Araújo J, Pousão-Ferreira P, Pierce GJ, Stratoudakis Y, Erzini K. Behavioural responses of sardines Sardina pilchardus to simulated purse-seine capture and slipping. J Fish Biol. 2013;83(3):480-500. doi:10.1111/jfb.12184
Ferter K, Weltersbach MS, Strehlow HV, et al. Unexpectedly high catch-and-release rates in European marine recreational fisheries: implications for science and management. ICES Journal of Marine Science. 2013;70(7):1319 - 1329. doi:10.1093/icesjms/fst104
Serrão EA, Alberto F, Assis J, et al. Extant or Extinct Tipping Points - Range Edge Populations as Evolutionary Hotspots. In: Phycologia. Phycologia. ; 2013. doi:
Gonçalves JMS, Veiga P, Machado D, et al. Biodiversidade Do Estuário Do Rio Arade: Peixes E Invertebrados. Faro: Centre of Marine Sciences, Universidade do Algarve; 2013:256.
Doropoulos C, Hyndes GA, Abecasis D, Vergés A. Herbivores strongly influence algal recruitment in both coral- and algal-dominated coral reef habitats. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 2013;486:153 - 164. doi:10.3354/meps10325
Abecasis D, Bentes L, Lino PG, Santos MN, Erzini K. Residency, movements and habitat use of adult white seabream (Diplodus sargus) between natural and artificial reefs. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2013;118:80 - 85. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2012.12.014
Abecasis D, Afonso P, O’Dor RK, Erzini K. Small MPAs do not protect cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis). Fisheries Research. 2013;147:196 - 201. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2013.05.004
Veiga P, Pita C, Leite L, et al. From a traditionally open access fishery to modern restrictions: Portuguese anglers' perceptions about newly implemented recreational fishing regulations. Marine Policy. 2013;40:53 - 63. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2012.12.037
Sanchez JAntonio, La-Spina M, Guirao P, Cánovas F. Inferring the population structure of Myzus persicae in diverse agroecosystems using microsatellite markers. Bull Entomol Res. 2013;103(4):473-84. doi:10.1017/S0007485313000059
Abecasis D, Bentes L, Erzini K. Movements of Sarpa salpa (Linnaeus, 1758) (Sparidae) in a coastal lagoon (Ria Formosa, Portugal). Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 2012;28(1):126 - 129. doi:10.1111/jai.2012.28.issue-110.1111/j.1439-0426.2011.01795.x
Correia AT, Gomes P, Gonçalves JMS, Erzini K, Hamer PA. Population structure of the black seabream Spondyliosoma cantharus along the south-west Portuguese coast inferred from otolith chemistry. J Fish Biol. 2012;80(2):427-43. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2011.03186.x
Queirolo D, Gaete E, Montenegro I, Soriguer MC, Erzini K. Behaviour of fish by-catch in the mouth of a crustacean trawl. J Fish Biol. 2012;80(7):2517-27. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03305.x
Leocádio AMaria, Whitmarsh D, Castro M. Comparing trawl and creel fishing for Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus): biological and economic considerations. PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e39567. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0039567
Vieira RP, Christiansen B, Christiansen S, Gonçalves JMS. First record of the deep-water whalefish Cetichthys indagator (Actinopterygii: Cetomimidae) in the North Atlantic Ocean. J Fish Biol. 2012;81(3):1133-7. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03378.x
Hardoim CCP, Esteves AIS, Pires FR, et al. Phylogenetically and spatially close marine sponges harbour divergent bacterial communities. PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e53029. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053029
Coelho R, Monteiro P, Abecasis D, Blot JYves, Gonçalves JMS. Macrofauna assemblages in a XVIIth century shipwreck: comparison with those on natural reefs and sandy bottoms. Brazilian Journal of Oceanography. 2012;60(4):447 - 462. doi:10.1590/S1679-87592012000400004
Veiga P, Xavier JC, Assis CA, Erzini K. Diet of the blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, off the south coast of Portugal. Marine Biology Research. 2011;7(8):820 - 825. doi:10.1080/17451000.2011.578648
Veiga P, Gonçalves JMS, Erzini K. Short-term hooking mortality of three marine fish species (Sparidae) caught by recreational angling in the south Portugal. Fisheries Research. 2011;108(1):58 - 64. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2010.11.021
Ferreira R, Martins H, Bolten A, Santos M, Erzini K. Influence of environmental and fishery parameters on loggerhead sea turtle by-catch in the longline fishery in the Azores archipelago and implications for conservation. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 2011;91(08):1697 - 1705. doi:10.1017/S0025315410000846
Zardi GI, Nicastro KR, Cánovas F, Costa JFerreira, Serrão EA, Pearson GA. Adaptive traits are maintained on steep selective gradients despite gene flow and hybridization in the intertidal zone. PLoS One. 2011;6(6):e19402. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019402
Cánovas F, Mota CF, Serrão EA, Pearson GA. Driving south: a multi-gene phylogeny of the brown algal family Fucaceae reveals relationships and recent drivers of a marine radiation. BMC Evol Biol. 2011;11:371. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-371
Guerreiro AI, Veiga P, Erzini K. Catches of the Sport Fishing Competitions Along the Algarve Coast (Portugal): Species, Sizes, Catch Rates, and Trends. Acta Ichthyologica Et Piscatoria. 2011;41(3):165 - 169. doi:10.3750/AIP2011.41.3.03
Veiga P, Ribeiro J, Gonçalves JMS, Erzini K. Quantifying recreational shore angling catch and harvest in southern Portugal (north-east Atlantic Ocean): implications for conservation and integrated fisheries management. Journal of Fish Biology. 2010;76(9):2216 - 2237. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02665.x
Veiga P, Ribeiro J, Gonçalves JMS, Erzini K. Quantifying recreational shore angling catch and harvest in southern Portugal (north-east Atlantic Ocean): implications for conservation and integrated fisheries management. J Fish Biol. 2010;76(9):2216-37. doi:10.1111/j.1095-8649.2010.02665.x
Lino PG, Bentes L, Abecasis D, Santos MNeves dos, Erzini K. Comparative Behavior of Wild and Hatchery Reared White Sea Bream (Diplodus sargus) Released on Artificial Reefs Off the Algarve (Southern Portugal). In: Nielsen JL, Nielsen JL, Arrizabalaga H, et al., eds. Vol. 9. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2009:23 - 34. doi:10.1007/978-1-4020-9640-210.1007/978-1-4020-9640-2_2
Abecasis D, Cardigos F, Almada F, Gonçalves JMS. New records on the ichthyofauna of the Gorringe seamount (Northeastern Atlantic). Marine Biology Research. 2009;5(6):605 - 611. doi:10.1080/17451000902729696
Abecasis D, Bentes L, Erzini K. Home range, residency and movements of Diplodus sargus and Diplodus vulgaris in a coastal lagoon: Connectivity between nursery and adult habitats. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2009;85(4):525 - 529. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2009.09.001
Veiga P, Machado D, Almeida C, et al. Weight-length relationships for 54 species of the Arade estuary, southern Portugal. Journal of Applied Ichthyology. 2009;25(4):493 - 496. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0426.2009.01230.x
Abecasis D, Erzini K. Site fidelity and movements of gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) in a coastal lagoon (Ria Formosa, Portugal). Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2008;79(4):758 - 763. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2008.06.019
Abecasis D, Bentes L, Ribeiro J, et al. First record of the Mediterranean parrotfish, Sparisoma cretense in Ria Formosa (south Portugal). Marine Biodiversity Records. 2008;1. doi:10.1017/S175526720600248X
Abecasis D, Bentes L, Coelho R, et al. Ageing seabreams: A comparative study between scales and otoliths. Fisheries Research. 2008;89(1):37 - 48. doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2007.08.013
Gonçalves JMS, Bentes L, Coelho R, et al. Non-commercial invertebrate discards in an experimental trammel net fishery. Fisheries Management and Ecology. 2008;15(3):199 - 210. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2400.2008.00607.x
Abecasis D, Bentes L, Ribeiro J, Machado D. First record of the Mediterranean parrotfish, Sparisoma cretense in Ria Formosa (south Portugal). Marine Biodiversity Records. 2008;1. doi:10.1017/S175526720600248X
Neiva J, Coelho R, Erzini K. Feeding habits of the velvet belly lanternshark Etmopterus spinax (Chondrichthyes: Etmopteridae) off the Algarve, southern Portugal. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK. 2006;86(04):835. doi:10.1017/S0025315406013762
Sá R, Bexiga C, Veiga P, Vieira L, Erzini K. Feeding ecology and trophic relationships of fish species in the lower Guadiana River Estuary and Castro Marim e Vila Real de Santo António Salt Marsh. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2006;70(1-2):19 - 26. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2006.05.038
Vasconcelos P, Gaspar MB, Castro M. Imposex in Hexaplex (Trunculariopsis) trunculus (Gastropoda: Muricidae) from the Ria Formosa lagoon (Algarve coast-southern Portugal). Mar Pollut Bull. 2006;52(3):337-41. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2005.11.002
Veiga P, Vieira L, Bexiga C, Sá R, Erzini K. Structure and temporal variations of fish assemblages of the Castro Marim salt marsh, southern Portugal. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 2006;70(1-2):27 - 38. doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2006.05.037
Streiff R, Mira S, Castro M, M. Cancela L. Multiple paternity in Norway lobster (Nephrops norvegicus L.) assessed with microsatellite markers. Mar Biotechnol (NY). 2004;6(1):60-6. doi:10.1007/s10126-003-0015-7
Brander K, Blom G, Borges MF, Erzini K, Henderson G. Are we seeing a coherent response to changing temperature?. In: Ices Marine Science Symposia. ICES Marine Science Symposia. ; 2003.
Erzini K, Gonçalves JMS, Bentes L, Lino PG, Cruz J. Species and size selectivity in a Portuguese artisanal longline fishery. . ICES Journal of Marine Science. 1996;53.
Title Coordinator Time frame Funding CCMAR Total
BECORV BECORV David Maria Aguiar Abecasis 06/14/2018 to 06/13/2021 FCT 185,001.00k€ 239.992,50k€
InforBiomares InforBiomares Ester Serrão 02/01/2018 to 02/01/2020 PO SEUR 66,444.00k€ 132.813,00k€
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David Abecasis will be talking about ecological bases for the sustainable management of meagre. Wednesday I Feb 13 I 13:30 I Room 2.31 Bd7
February 13, 2019
Room 2.31 I Building 7 I Gambelas Campus
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John M. Hoenig, from Virginia Institute of Marine Science, is going to give a talk followed by an ATT (registration required), next 15th October. Don't miss it!
October 15, 2018
Anf. Verde - bld 8
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November 29th, at 1:30 pm on Amph. 1.8 (bd8).
November 29, 2017
Anf.1.8 ( bd 8) - Gambelas Campus UAlg
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24 de Novembro | 11:00 | Anfiteatro Azul
November 24, 2017
Anf. Azul ( edf.1) - Gambelas Campus UAlg
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November 22nd, at 1:30 pm on Amph. 1.8 (bd8).
November 22, 2017
Anf.1.8 ( bd 8) - Gambelas Campus UAlg
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Next week, November 15th, at 1:30 pm on Amph. 1.8 (bd8).
November 15, 2017
Anf.1.8 ( bd 8) - Gambelas Campus UAlg
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Next friday, November 10th, at 1:30 pm on Amph. 1.8.1. (bd8).
November 10, 2017
Anf.1.8.1. ( bd 8) - Gambelas Campus UAlg
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Next wednesday, October 18th, at 1:30 pm on Amph. -1.8 (bdg 8).
October 18, 2017
Anf. - 1.8 ( Bdg 8) - Gambelas Campus UAlg
Foram três dias intensivos de um Curso teórico-prático no Panamá, onde Mercedes Wangüemert, investigadora do CCMAR, foi falar sobre aplicações de genética de populações na Ecologia e gestão de recursos marinhos costeiros.
Ana Marçalo joined CCMAR on 22nd march 2017 to work with the Coastal Fisheries Research Group (CFRG). Welcome Ana!
Adriana joined us recently and is going to work with the Coastal Fisheries Research Group (cfrg). Welcome Adriana!
CCMAR presents a new digital publication about the marine species of the Gettysburg and Ormonde seamounts in the Gorringe Bank.
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