Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR) | EMBRC

Centre for Marine Sciences (CCMAR)


The Centre for Marine Sciences located in Faro, Portugal, is an independent multidisciplinary, non-profit research organization inserted in the University of Algarve system with competence in a range of areas of marine biology, fisheries and aquaculture.

Mission and research:

The mission of the Centre of Marine Sciences is to promote research and education on processes in the marine environment, with emphasis on biological interactions and the sustainable use of marine resources.

The research topics of CCMAR are systematics, biogeography and evolution; plant and algal ecology; microbial ecology; habitat restoration; comparative endocrinology and integrative biology; cellular and inorganic biochemistry; molecular biology of marine organisms; protein biophysics; synthesis and organic reactivity; environmental technologies; biotechnology and resource management and conservation; and aquaculture.

Marine facilities:

Easy access to the unique and extensive mudflats and ponds of Ria Formosa and coastal areas facilitate in situ studies. The Ramalhete Marine Station is a versatile infrastructure that allows for the provision of tailored experimental setups in a wide range of conditions to maintain and experiment on marine organisms, including outdoor mesocosms. Ria Formosa, a unique coastal mesotidal lagoon, separated from the ocean by a system of barrier islands and inlets, with very high biodiversity and an ideal natural laboratory protected by national and international legislation, which can be accessed by foot or boat.


Modern experimental facilities, well equipped for a wide range of laboratory, climate control rooms and in situ studies for investigating marine biological systems at various levels, from biochemistry and molecular biology through genetics, physiology, behavior, ecology and oceanography.


Bioresources platform provides access and technical support to electrophysiology rigs, GC- and HPLC- coupled mass spectrometry, elemental analysis, microscopy, cell culture, DNA sequencing and proteomics, imaging.

Main marine models:

Fish (gilthead sea bream Sparus aurata, sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax, Senegalese sole Solea senegalensis,), cephalopods (cuttlefish Sepia officinalis) and plants (Zostera marina).

Special partnerships:

CCMAR is a member of the MARS network and EuroMarine.

Research topics: 
  1. Molecular biology, genetics
  2. Endocrinology
  3. Biophysics
  4. Organic chemistry and ecology of marine animals
  5. Aquaculture
  6. Biotechnology
  7. Environmental technologies
Adelino Canário
University of Algarve
Number of research groups: 
Gambelas Edifício 7
8005-139 Faro
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