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4th Annual MedRecover meeting


Great 4th Annual #MedRecover research group meeting! Excellent presentations on ongoing projects on #ClimateChange #InvasiveSpecies #MarineRestoration #MPAs #oceanacidification #EcologicalModelling. January 2018




How to apply restoration techniques


MedRecover researchers collaborate with Catalan Administration in the conservation of coralligenous and red coral populations by applying restoration techniques.




45 years in benthic ecology


Celebrating more than 45 years working in benthic ecology. Check the video of the event... great moments.




Our researchers at ECRS2017


MedRecover researchers attending #ECRS2017 to present @MERCES_eu & @MimosaFPA2M project's results on effects of warming in temperate reefs. More information here.




Report on Climate Change


MedRecover participated in the presentation of the Report on Climate Change in spanish marine ecosystems. More information here.




Disease of coralline algae


Disease of coralline algae observed in the NW Mediterranean Sea. Check the paper here.




Underwater photogrammetry


Explore monitored red coral populations using underwater photogrammetry

Web of the project.




“Ghost Fishing” project


The main objective of this new project, launched in summer 2015 in the Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park, is to remove lost fishing nets and gear —used in both artisan and leisure fishing— from the seabed in order to avoid a negative environmental impact on marine ecosystems. This project is an initiative led by MEDRECOVER together with the Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park.

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We just started a new thermal
stress experiment
on red coraltion:





Papers on the coral
Cladocora caespitosa:


  • Casado C, Kersting DK, Cebrian E, Teixidó N, Garrabou J, Linares C (2014) Rapid recovery from injuries in the temperate long-lived coral Cladocora caespitosa. Marine Biodiversity. DOI 10.1007/s12526-014-0219-2
  • Kersting DK, Teixidó N, Linares C (2014) Recruitment and mortality of the temperate coral Cladocora caespitosa: implications for the recovery of endangered populations. Coral Reefs. DOI 10.1007/s00338-014-1144-3
  • Kersting DK, Ballesteros E, De Caralt S, Linares C (2014) Invasive macrophytes in a marine reserve (Columbretes Islands, NW Mediterranean): spread dynamics and interactions with the endemic scleractinian coral Cladocora caespitosa. Biological invasions DOI: 10.1007/s10530-013-0594-9
  • Kersting DK, Bensoussan N, Linares C (2013) Long-term responses of the endemic reef-builder Cladocora caespitosa to Mediterranean warming. PLoS ONE 8(8): e70820. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070820
  • Kersting DK, Casado C, López-Legentil S, Linares C (2013) Unexpected divergent patterns in the sexual reproduction of the Mediterranean coral Cladocora caespitosa. Marine Ecology Progress Series 486:165-171




Our last research results
will be presented at:


International Marine
Conservation Congress


14-18 August 2014 | Glasgow, Scotland

More information here.

2nd Symposium
on the Conservation of Coralligenous
and Other Calcareous Bioconstructions


27-31 October 2014 | Portorož, Slovenia

More information here.

One Planet
One Ocean


17-21 November 2014 | Barcelona, Spain

More information here.




Fish population recovery
in a marine reserve:
a decade-long question


Photo: Josep Clotas and Marta Cunillera

Protection in the Medes Islands marine reserve started more than 25 years ago. Dusky grouper, zebra seabream and European seabass have practically reached their carrying capacity, whereas brown meagre is still approaching population stabilization and common dentex is still increasing. One exception to these trends is gilthead seabream, which decreased probably due to fishing just outside the borders of the reserve. These are the conclusions of an article published recently on the journal PLOS ONE; the research is based on the scientific surveillance of species of fish strongly affected by fishing practices in the Medes Islands between 1992 and 2009.

The article was conducted by members of the MedRecover research group Bernat Hereu and Mikel Zabala, from the Department of Ecology at the Faculty of Biology of the UB, and Antoni Garcia Rubies, from the Centre for Advanced Studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC).

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