Regular topics


Phylogeny, Systematic and Genetics


Morphology, Ontogeny and Palaeontology


Ecology, Conservation and Management


Migration, Habitat Use and Connectivity


Physiology, Endocrinology and Toxicology


Non-native and Invasive Species


Fisheries and Aquaculture


Fish Behaviour and Welfare


Climate Changes and Extreme Environments


Science Outreach and Education

Special Symposia



Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are considered to be a leading cause of species decline and extinction in the world, especially in freshwater systems. Currently, the EU Regulation 1143/2014 on IAS obliges all EU member states to take steps towards managing and preventing the spread of invasive alien species. In fact, several EU projects have been working on these topics for years. The mains goals of LIFE INVASAQUA Project (LIFE LIFE17 GIE/ES/000515) are i) to increase public and stakeholder awareness aquatic invasive alien species IAS in Spain and Portugal; ii) and contribute to improve IAS management in freshwater and estuarine habitats. Under this scope INVASAQUA and SIBIC will be co-organizing (i) a Workshop on aquatic IAS Management addressed to diverse stakeholders (Decision makers and managers, Scientist and environmental NGO’s, Surveillance agents,…) for discussion on prevention, control & management of IAS; and (ii) a Networking on aquatic IAS European projects to facilitate the exchange of information on IAS prevention, control and management between different EU projects. The main objectives of the networking will be: i) to share practices, problems and solutions, and conclusions of projects that are currently working, or have worked, on IAS management and prevention in the Iberian Peninsula; and ii) to facilitate information exchange and encourage collaboration between projects working on IAS in the Iberian Peninsula and other stakeholders working on IAS management and prevention.

Rafael Miranda (UNAV) & Frederic Casals (UdL)


Fish otoliths: current applications, methodological prerequisites and future challenges (2nd Edition)

Otoliths are inner ear calcium carbonate concretions used by teleost fishes to help them in orientation and balance in the water column. However, they have unique properties. As chronological recorders, they have been used for decades to age fish; their microstructural characteristics allow us to track several life history events; the use of the chemical composition of otoliths has gained a lot of supporter’s consequence of analytical advances.; and the improvement of the image acquisition and analysis systems made the studies of the shape of the otoliths to reappear. For all these aspects, otoliths are being used as natural tracers to study population structure, migration patterns and habitat connectivity in fish. The symposium intends to focus on all the current applications, methodological issues and future challenges of this powerful ichthyological tool.

Alberto Teodorico Correia (UFP), Felippe Daros (UNESP), Rafael Schroeder (CIIMAR) & Taynara Pontes Franco (UFRRJ/CIIMAR)


Fish Genetics: from Sanger to Next

Fish genetics has experienced a revolution as a consequence of the progress in DNA sequencing technologies. The more traditional use of partial mitochondrial genes, such as COI or CytB, and nuclear microsatellite markers has radically expanded into whole mitochondrial and nuclear genomes. These new increasingly complex datasets are raising many novel challenges but also a cascade of opportunities. New challenges largely emerging from these vast datasets are presently at the discussion table of the scientific community. This symposium aims to stimulate an open debate regarding the use of Next Generation Sequencing approaches to address topics of fish genetics such as biogeography, environmental adaptation (climate change response) and comparative genomics.

Elsa Froufe (CIIMAR), Filipe Castro (CIIMAR), David Barros-Garcia (CIIMAR), Duarte Vasconcelos (CIIMAR) & André Gomes-dos Santos (CIIMAR)

We are welcoming specific symposium proposals.

If you are interested in organizing a workshop on a specific topic, please send us a short description to