Our challenge is to achieve a sustainable development of our marine activities. We study and provide knowledge of the marine environment from an integrated point of view (physical, ecological and socio-economic characteristics of marine environments and their interactions) to help in decision making processes of managers and stakeholders.


We work in four application areas:

Environmental Impact and Quality

We study the environmental quality evolution of coastal areas and develop new environmental indicators

We provide advice for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD), the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), land-based discharge regulations, international agreements (e.g. OSPAR Convention) and other directives (e.g. Habitats, Bathing Water, Aquaculture and Shellfish Waters, etc.).

Assessment of Ecological and Environmental Status of Marine Environment

Our role is to determine ecological and environmental conditions of estuary and coastal areas

Over 30 years experience in monitoring marine environments (environmental quality monitoring) enable us to provide extensive knowledge for decision making regarding shoreline and estuaries waters and sustainable use of resources.

Preservation of Marine Ecosystems

We investigate to preserve marine biodiversity (species, habitats and processes) and to achieve sustainable management of natural resources

We carry out studies for the declaration of marine protected areas and to preserve marine species at risk.We propose management measures and strategies to recover natural spaces.

Goods and services and marine spatial planning

We provide advice for public administration regarding integrated management plans for coastal activities

We assess anthropogenic pressures and impact on the natural environment, providing advice to public administrations to establish integrated management plans of coastal activities (such as dredging, aquaculture, discharges into the sea, etc.).