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While generating value and contributing for the economy, the extraction of these seaweed may contribute to marine ecosystem equilibrium or even site restoration.


AMALIA organizes the Marine Invaders 2018 conference special session


Included in the International Meeting on Marine Research 2018, the special session “Marine Invaders – Assessment and Impacts on Aquatic Ecosystems” addressing Aquatic Invasive Species, aims to discuss the latest findings concerning technics used to detect this kind of biological pollution, quantify them, but also to address innovative methods used to measure the negative and positive impact of invasive species on the recipient environment (e.g., competition for space, interference on ecosystems food web, new resource item), as well as means to seize invasive species information for a better use of this potential resource and/or mitigation.

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AMALIA with schools @ the Ocean Open Day 2018


The School of Tourism and Maritime Technologies received several classes of highschool students for the yearly activities of the Open Ocean Day 2018, and AMALIA said present when asked to bring knowledge to these fine young students.

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AMALIA Project awarded at the Green Project Awards 2017


The Green Project Awards (GPA) is a reference initiative from the National Environment Agency, GCI and Quercus ANCN, recognizing the good practices of projects that promote the sustainable development in Portugal. Since 2008, this initiative received over 1200 applications and gave 120 awards, creating a movement for sustainable development, mobilizing civil society, including young people, and businesses around the sustainability agenda.

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AMALIAs organizes Showcooking at Mercado do Progreso, Vigo


In order to present the general public and sellers with the potential of seaweed as food ingredients, AMALIA organized a Seaweed Show-Cooking at the Mercado do Progreso, Vigo, Spain: “Showcooking- Un menú basado en Codium

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Research-based training with Marine Biology students


For a marine biologist, to be longer and comfortable underwater being close with their study object is as important as breathing…

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AMALIA researcher Fatemeh Zahmatkesh awarded her master


Fatemeh Zahmatkesh developed her master thesis under AMALIA framework and the invasive species monitoring of the Iberian Coast. 2017. Fatemeh defended her master in Ecology on the 9th of September at the University of Coimbra and the theme “Sampling, Mapping and Adding Value to Marine Invasive Seaweeds of the Iberian Peninsula”, under the supervision of AMALIA researcher Leonel Pereira and Rui Gaspar.

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AMALIA team at Cies and Berlengas natural reserves


Negative impacts of marine invasions include loss of genetic diversity, ecosystem functions/processes, and/or community structure and, consequently, a threat to global biodiversity through biotic homogenization. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have been proved to have positive effects on marine biodiversity conservation; however, their role in preventing biological invasions, especially macroalgae, is still poorly understood. In this context, AMALIA team has been studying the effects of protection and wave exposure on the abundance of invasive macroalgae at two MPAs of the western Iberian Peninsula, one located along the Spanish coast (Illas Atlánticas) and the other on the Portuguese coast (Berlengas).

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  • Marco Lemos

  • Tiago Morais

  • Ana Augusto

  • Celia Olabarria

  • Helena Abreu

  • Leonel Pereira

  • Mónica Chalabardo

  • Richard Meestre

  • Rui Gonçalvess