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16 to 18th November 2009

Important Dates

Abstract submission closes

24th July (last call)

bird registration opens

4th May

bird registration closes

1st September


The IMMR 2009 was planned to communicate the

new scientific knowledge on marine
resources for the understanding and sustainability of our planet. Our scientific program has all
the light focus on innovative research in the fisheries and management, aquaculture,
conservation and biodiversity, marine
biotechnology, seafood technology and also on new
ces areas. The regular program

will be sustained by several international experts that
kindly share scientific knowledge through state
art lectures as well as by young
researchers with the late
st scientific innovations, discoveries and practices on important
subjects in the multidisciplinary field of marine resources. Altogether, we are convinced that
the IMMR 2009 will be a prominent scientific meeting as well as a rewarding and effective

for all the participants.

About GIRM and ESTM

The GIRM is a young research group created in 2007 by researchers of the School of Maritime
Technology (ESTM) that was established in 1999/2000 and has the sea as its trademark and
the basis of its identity.
The GIRM is constituted by 11 PhDs, several Masters, Undergraduates
and Students in areas such has Biology, Biotechnology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and
Microbiology. Our research group adopted the Marine Resources and the Marine
Biotechnology has the mai
n research lines.

The ESTM is located in Peniche and has the entire educational offer totally adjusted to the
Bologna Process. At the moment, ESTM has two Undergraduate courses and one Master
degree clear linked to the Marine Resources. The Undergraduate c
ourses are Biotechnology
and Maritime Biology, and food Engineering. The Master in Integrated Studies of the Oceans is
organized with the Azores University. However, in a near future, we hope to extend our
Degrees and Master offers on the Marine Resourc
es’ area. To attain this purpose, the
realization of t
he IMMR 2009 will be essential.

About Peniche

Peniche is located on the coast of the western region approximately 90 km from Lisbon. The
council has rich Historical and Cultural Heritage, excellent bea
ches and is known for its
outstanding natural beauty and delicious gastronomy based on fish. Peniche has several of the
most famous beaches in Portugal such as Baleal and SuperTubos that are much sought after by
surfing enthusiasts and Consolação beach tha
t is known for its medicinal properties. One of
the major interest spots of Peniche is the Berlenga islands. This paradisiacal place that is
Nature Reserve is the most important stopover and refuge point of marine birds on the Iberian
Peninsula. More than
the high botanical interest of the two endemic species and more than
dozen species that are rarely found in Portugal, the surrounding waters support thousands of
marine species with high scientific, commercial and tourism interest.


Biodiversity and


The oceans occupy more than 70% of the earth’s surface and 95% of the biosphere, and
marine and coastal environments contain diverse habitats that host 32 of the 34 known phyla
on Earth. Besides, marine fish and invertebrates are among the la
st sources of wild food on the
planet. Moreover, life in our seas produces a third of the oxygen that we breathe, and
moderates global climatic change. On the other hand, there is broad recognition that the seas
face unprecedented human
induced threats fro
m industries such as fishing and transportation,
the effects of waste disposal, excess nutrients from agricultural runoff, and the introduction of
exotic species. An efficient protection and preservation of ecosystems in oceans and seas are
vital to limit
caused damage to marine ecosystems, and in restoring damaged marine

Blue Biotech

The ocean covers three
quarters of the earth and its biological knowledge remains largely
unknown. The view of several researchers that some answers to the
most challenging
problems in the health and economic areas may lie underwater makes us believe in a
imminent blue biotech revolution.

Research in marine biotechnology has already produced some antibiotics, antiviral agents,
antitumor compounds and nutritio
nal supplements, but much more bioactive compounds are
still to be found. Another example of marine biotechnology research with direct implications
on economy was the increase of aquaculture productivity by the use of molecular biology
techniques. These tw
o few examples agree with IMMR 2009 view that marine biotechnology is
one area of research with high potential. The aim of this panel in IMMR 2009 is not only to
present new results of some marine biotechnology projects, but also to identify new targets
at require further study.

Fisheries and Management

It is well known that many biological marine resources, mainly fish, have been overexploited
during the last decades, leading to the decline of fish stock. This decrease leads to the
diminishing of biodi
versity, as well as to unbalanced ecosystems.

The F. A. O. code of conduct for responsible fisheries suggests that ‘knowledge of the status
and trends of capture fisheries and fishery resources… is a key to sound policy
making and
responsible fisheries man
agement’. Thus, fisheries research concerns issues such as practices
and management, its consequences, as well as aquaculture alternatives. This research aims to
establish both past and present trends and expected future developments in fisheries
, production, utilization and trade.


Many fish stocks are currently overexploited, and aquaculture can contribute to preserve the
marine resources. Research in Aquaculture presently covers production of all aquatic
organisms, such as algae, f
ish and invertebrates, related directly or indirectly to human
consumption or, for example, with fish restocking. This session is intended to focus on the
areas of nutrition, reproduction, environmental conditions and aquaculture, effects of
aquaculture on

the environment and optimisation of rearing techniques and identification of
bottlenecks in the cultivation of new fish species.

Sea Food Technology

The seafood and seafood products are among the most traded food commodities and there is
an increasing co
ncern in their quality and safety. Nowadays, the consumer demands for safe
food products that retain their natural flavour, colour, texture, contain fewer additives, and
minimal processing technologies are being applied to several types of food including s
The safety and effectiveness of minimal processing depends on the use of novel preservation
technologies. Technologies that increase the shelf life of the products, adding value, are a
strategy for a successful and sustainable industry. Quality and

safety require rapid, sensitive
and specific methodologies for its assurance.

New Resources

The ocean has many valuable resources, in some cases we are still learning about them. With
the technology developments, new findings are taking place and new res
ources are emerging.

This marine new resources session is intended to address the investigation in areas like: ocean
renewable energy, ocean role in climate, deep sea life, hydrothermal vents, cold vents, mud
volcanoes, seabed resources and also the ocean
technology that allows these investigations.

Keynote Speakers


Professor Michael Thorndyke


President of the MARS Network

The European Network of
Marine Research Institutes and Stations

Professor Ricardo Serrão Santos


Director of the Depar
tment of Oceanography and Fisheries,
University of the Azores, Portugal

Keynote speakers

Professor Peter Wirtz


Researcher of Centre of Marine Science (CCMAR), U
niversity of Algarve,

Professor Mike Elliott


Director of Institute of Estuarine
and Coastal Studies, University of Hull,

Professor Grant Burgess


Director of Dove Marine Laboratory of Newcastle University, UK
Professor of Marine Biotechnology, School of Marine Science and Techn
ology, Newcastle
University, UK

Professor Teresa Din


Leader Researcher of Aquaculture Research group of CCMAR,
University of Algarve, Portugal

Dr. Morten Sivertsvik


Research Manager of Nofima Norconserv

Seafood Processing
Research, Norway

Professor Maria Vernet


Researcher from Scripps Institution
of Oceanography, Universit
y of
California, San Diego, USA

Professor Ana Estanqueiro


Director of the Wind and Ocean Energy
Research Unit / INETI,

Professor Luís Menezes Pinheiro


Geociences Department, University of Aveiro, Portugal

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