DESCRIPTION OF THE INSTITUTION THAT REPRESENTS AND LINES OF WORK
The University Institute of Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems, through the ECOAQUA project, funded by the EU Horizon 2020, aims to promote excellence in research, innovation and postgraduate training in the conservation and sustainable use of coastal resources and in the development of aquaculture in the ULPGC. To this end, the Institute will improve its competitiveness in these specific fields of research, integrating and coordinating the actions of professors and researchers from different areas of knowledge and departments, as well as 6 high-level researchers hired by the aforementioned European project, adopting a ecosystem for the integrated management of the marine environment. This integration of specialists from different disciplines of marine research will allow a more interdisciplinary research, creating a stimulating environment for new ideas and solutions to arise for the problems of the productive sector and the conservation of marine resources.
Thus, to contribute to a better planning and integrated management of the marine environment, including the sustainable development of coastal fisheries and aquaculture from an ecosystem approach, IU-ECOAQUA® integrates 22 lines of research grouped into the following headings: 1. Conservation of The Biodiversity. 2. Improvement of nutrition and feed of cultured organisms. 3. Diversification of species for aquaculture. 4. Well-being of aquatic organisms. 5.New larval culture techniques. 6. Genetic applications in aquaculture. 7.Ecology, structure and dynamics of marine ecosystems and resources. 8. The past of the Sea in the Canary Islands. 9. Fisheries management and fisheries. 10. Sustainability and coastal management. 11. Citizen sensitization and dissemination of scientific knowledge. 12 Internationalization and development cooperation: Transfer. 13. Ecophysiology of marine organisms. 14.Tourism, littoral, territorial planning and the environment. 14. Animal health. 15. Study of marine biotoxins.
DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK THAT PERFORMS WITHIN THE MIMAR PROJECT.
Within the project we will study the ciguatera, caused by toxins produced by dinoflagellates associated with algal communities, it has been happening more frequently in Macaronesia in the last decade. Therefore, the determination of the species involved in the transfer of this type of toxins in the food chain is essential to develop methodologies for analysis, detection and prevention of them.
Selective sampling of different fish species (from herbivores to higher carnivores), molluscs and echinoderms, obtaining muscle samples for the detection of ciguatoxin, and their possible involvement in the transmission of the same in the food chain in Macaronesia.
We will also carry out training courses in the detection of ciguatoxin for partners and third countries of the project.