Our work with The Spanish Institute of Ocean graphics
The Spanish Institute of Ocean graphics is a pioneer in Spain and one of the world´s top research institutions exclusively aimed at the sea and its resources.
The origin of the Spanish Institute of Ocean graphic is to be found in the concern of some nineteenth-century naturalists convinced of the need for scientific research of our coastal waters.
Nowadays, the IEO is an autonomous body and is classified as a public research organization.The IEO is dedicated exclusively to the multidisciplinary study of the sea, and especially the problems of resource exploitation and pollution. In this sense, the Institute seeks to direct their research to give concrete answers to the public administration with reference to the sea, their rational use and protection. The Royal Decree 1950/2000 states that the Spanish Institute of Ocean graphic is designed to study the sea and its resources.To meet this objective, it is the IEO exercise the following functions:
•Develop, coordinate and manage research programs on marine living resources in the different seas and oceans that are of interest to the Spanish fishing sector, including applied research in marine farming.
•Develop, coordinate and manage the research programs of multidisciplinary oceanographic nature, with special attention to their influence on living resources.
•Represent the Department in international forums related to oceanography and fisheries.
• Report on the draft rules to be subject to consultation and involving the extraction of living marine resources.
• Inform the competent administrative bodies on applications for research campaigns by third countries in the waters of Spanish sovereignty.
• Establish agreements with public and private agencies, both domestic and international, to carry out research projects and other activities of scientific and technological development.
•Coordinate and cooperate in international research programs, without prejudice to the powers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
IEO Malaga project on “The influence of seed origin and environmental conditions on growth and survival of the ? and the black scallop cultivation" The project is funded by the National Food Programme (INIA), which involves the Ocean graphic Center Málaga, La Coruña and Murcia, Junta de Andalucia and Promotions company Marsans SL.
The project's objective is to determine the effects of seed origin and cultivation site on growth, physiology and mortality in two species of scallops (Pecten maximus and P. Jacobaeus) and the black scallop (Mimachlamys varia). Since 2002, Adrian and his employees are working with the Spanish Institute of Ocean graphic on the project "Influence of seed source and environmental conditions on growth and survival of cultivated black scallop and see."
Their work involves the preparation of material needed for the collectors anchoring and for baskets and bags for pre-fattening and fattening the scallops. Furthermore, they are responsible for the assembly, anchoring, lifting and the maintenance of the structures used for fattening the scallop´s seeds. This work is performed through underwater work. Their aim is to raise scallop seeds (Pecten maximus) of the black scallop (Chlamys varia), scallops (Aequipecten opercularis) and yellow carpet shell (Venerupis rhomboides) with collectors for suspended cultures. Adrian and his employees have to cleanse the plant production seed collectors regularly. One part of the job is to sieve and to sort he seeds by size and housing for pre-fattening, as well as sampling the sizes. They have to prepare the baskets and bag in order to divide the different species in different fattening systems. In order to do so they have to unfold, sample and clean the species, as well as clean and maintain the various fattening systems.
The work of the IEO and the Junta de Andalucia in collaboration with a group of fishermen and divers from Fuengirola, aiming at assessing the feasibility of the cultivation of scallops on the coast of Malaga, has revealed a series of very positive aspects with which a bright future for this specie can be considered.