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First steps to deep-sea coral restoration

First steps to deep-sea coral restoration

When people think of coral reefs, they usually imagine warm, shallow tropical waters; not cold, dark deep ocean waters. But there are coral reefs living in the dark at the bottom of the ocean as well. They are hard to access and not as vibrant as their warm-water relatives, still they harbor almost as many species and serve as nursery grounds for many commercially important fish [1]. These...

Workshop on microbiome analysis at CCMAR

Workshop on microbiome analysis at CCMAR

Peter Kuperus and Gerard Muyzer from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) visited the Center of Marine Sciences (CCMAR) to give a hands-on workshop on microbiome analysis of marine organisms. The 16S rRNA genes of the microbiomes of different organisms and environments (i.e., seagrasses, green and brown algae, seawater and sediments) were PCR-amplified with different primer sets and subsequently...

Sampling Kelp!

Sampling Kelp!

My name is Emma. I am pursuing a master in ecology and evolution, and was lucky enough to become a part of the RESTORESEAS project.

Colorful Coral Gardens that Flourish Entirely out of Our Sight 

Colorful Coral Gardens that Flourish Entirely out of Our Sight 

With the ability of building complex 3D habitats, corals as sessile animals harbor high levels of biodiversity, similar to plants on land. While iconic ecosystems like tropical coral reefs and seagrass meadows occur in light-flooded zones of the ocean, deep coral assemblages populate oceanic regions where light is scarce or even absent, and therefore remain entirely out of sight. Together with...

Fishers engagement in coral habitat restoration

Fishers engagement in coral habitat restoration

The Centre of Marine Sciences in Faro (Portugal) is working with local stakeholders, especially fishing communities, to develop effective tools for the restoration of temperate coral habitats occurring from 30-200 m depth.

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