Director:Â Professor Konstantinos I. Stergiou
IMBRIW is the leading public research institution in Greece, with a key role in the Mediterranean region and the EU, spearheading fisheries and inland water research.
The mission of IMBRIW is accomplished through (a) carrying out multidisciplinary and integrated field, laboratory and experimental research, both basic and applied investigations; (b) monitoring and scientific assessments and predictions of the status of fish and shellfish stocks in Greek waters; (c) ecological quality assessments and monitoring of inland waters; (d) providing advice for the sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources in Greek and Mediterranean waters; (e) undertaking specific pilot studies, developing new tools and designing management plans on specific issues for national, Mediterranean and EU institutional bodies and (f) disseminating information and knowledge on major achievements through publications and a variety of organized events. To this end, IMBRIW closely co-operates with the other two Institutes of HCMR. IMBRIW?s geographical scope of activities extends to most European countries, the Middle East and northern Africa.
The main goals of IMBRIW are the production of knowledge related to structural and functional aspects of inland aquatic ecosystems and the high trophic level components (including fisheries) of marine ecosystems, and the application of this knowledge for integrated river basin and coastal zone management, ecosystem approach to fisheries and biodiversity conservation. A key element is the development and application of state-of-the-art tools for ecological monitoring, weather forecasting, hydrometeorological, water quality and ecological modeling.
- Biology, ecology and life-history of aquatic organisms and fisheries resources (i.e. demersal organisms, small and medium pelagics, large pelagics, marine cetaceans and reptiles, freshwater organisms: age, growth, reproduction, population dynamics, mortality, feeding, spatiotemporal distribution, abundance, behavior, migrations, acoustics, tagging)
- Early Â life history (taxonomic identification, age, growth, feeding, mortality, Â dispersal, abundance-daily egg production, diversity)
- Biodiversity conservation and environmental restoration (taxonomy, distribution, abundance, biology and ecology of freshwater organisms, genetic structure of fish, conservation of endemic freshwater fish, habitat restoration, marine and freshwater alien species and their interaction with native ones)
- Ecological quality assessments and monitoring (monitoring and assessment of ecological status of surface waters according to the Water Framework Directive provisions, development of river typology schemes, establishment of reference conditions, selection of metrics for assessing ecological degradation, definition of the metric scale to assess deviation from reference conditions)
- Integrated river basin management (integrated water resources management at the catchment scale employing ecological quality assessments, numerical modeling to simulate processes driving hydrology and water quality and to produce management scenarios, study of ?hot moments?, i.e. droughts and floods, and their effects on aquatic communities, predictability of water cycle, through studying land-surface and coastal water processes and optimal integration of models with observational data)
- Fisheries ecology and Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (fisheries-aquaculture-environment interactions, adult/juvenile spatiotemporal bathymetric distribution, geographic distribution, conservation of non-fisheries resources, integrated coastal zone management including design and management of artificial reefs and marine protected areas, ecological modeling and simulations of fisheries exploitation scenarios in an ecosystem context, monitoring through the Marine Strategy Framework Directive)
- Fisheries dynamics and capture (monitoring through the EU Data Collection Framework, fleet dynamics, landings, stock assessments, new fisheries resources, small-scale and trawl gear selectivity, discards, VMS monitoring, socio-economics, development of management plans)
- Modeling and assessment (various age-based and global production models, time series models, habitat suitability models, Individual Based Models ? IBM, Ecopath-w-Ecosim, numerical weather prediction models, hydro-meteorological models, statistical evaluation of weather forecasts)
- Database and GIS Support Unit.
IMBRIW provides services to the following agencies:
(a) General Secretariat of Research and Technology
(b) Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food
(c) Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate ChangeÂ
(d) Ministry of Tourism
(d) European Commission
(e) International Management Bodies and Committees (EFARO, EC STECF, CIAC, GFCM, FAO-EASTMED, ICCAT, NAFO, ICES, UNEP MAP RAC/SPA, EEAJRC etc) (f) Municipalities, prefectures and regions
(g) Management Agencies of Protected Areas and national parks in Greece
(h) Mariculture Business Innovation Center, Croatia (i) NGOs and
(k) Fishers? and farmers? associations.
Agios Kosmas Facilities (Marine Biological Resources): Agios Kosmas Elliniko, 16777 Attiki, Hellas Tel: +30 210 9821354, 9856718 Fax: +30 210 9811713 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Anavissos Facilities (Inland Waters): 46.7 km of Athens â€“ Sounio ave. P.O. box 712, 19013 Anavissos, Attiki, Hellas Tel.: +30 22910 76458 Fax : +30 22910 76419 Email: email@example.com Crete Facilities (Thalassocosmos, Gournes) (Marine Biological Resources): P.O. box 2214, 71003 Heraklion Crete Hellas 71500 Gournes, Thalassocosmos, Crete, Hellas Tel: +30 2810 337860 Fax: +30 2810 337822 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org