New Year's Eve Wish: Go IMBRIW!!!

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New Year's Eve Wish: Go IMBRIW!!!

New year 2014

This new year I think I should wish all the best to our Inland Water Unit, the Institute of Marine and Inland Water Biological Resources (IMBRIW *) at the Hellenic Center for Marine Research HCMR (where I work ...).

We did a lot of work in 2014 ... a complete fish study comes to mind. in particular the monitoring work financed by generous EU funds to implement the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Habitats Directive.

This is a unique time for internal ichthyology and fish conservation in Greece. I sincerely believe that we will keep our good relationship and continue our wacky, weird and wonderful ways of doing things. Despite these difficult and economically desperate times, I hope that our support from the European Union and the Greek government will continue. Aquatic life and people deserve all the resources we have in Greece.

What we do: combine science-protection-lobbying-regional development-nature protection. Important resources developed and optimized - database; implementation of databases, protocols, research and evaluation methods that directly support the management and conservation of water in the country (and beyond).

Currently, the department employs only 15 people (researchers, scientists, students and contractors) working in inland fisheries. My nice card (above) shows several members of the electrofishing field team from left to right: Vardakas, Kommatos, Koutikas, Tachos, Zogaris. All three engines are high-power German electrofishing generators received this fall. Thanks to the above projects, we now have the widest range of electric fishing technologies of any research organization in Greece (large ship generators, various electric knapsack fishermen).

Despite the difficult times in Greece, we are growing and developing.
And we are involved in many, many ambitious initiatives.

Some of the major initiatives currently being undertaken by the department's ichthyologists include the following important research and conservation areas:
  • Developed a fish-based index for the bio-evaluation of rivers under the Water Framework Directive (in collaboration with Austrian colleagues).
  • Assessment of the conservation status of endangered species (together with three other major academic and research institutions in Greece); More than 70 species and their status in protected areas in Greece and beyond were assessed (implementation of the Natura 2000 Habitats Directive).
  • Research and implementation of the WFD recommendations on fish and habitats in Cyprus (in collaboration with Cypriot and Portuguese institutions).
  • Use of fish in echo-hydrological modeling and ecological assessment of flows. Including, for the first time in Greece (with collaborators from Spain), work on habitat exploitation with trawl nets.
  • The study of fish communities in rivers and streams and the application of a bottom-up approach to the typology of rivers and streams and to the definition of hydrographic basins; A new "Well of Learning" using the Sparkios River.
  • Long-term fish studies in ephemeral rivers (work continued under a new EU-funded international project covering our long-term research basin Avrotas).
  • Taxonomy, phylogenetics and biogeography of freshwater fish, including regional studies of biologically determined freshwater ecosystems in the Southern Balkans (with many international and national collaborations).
  • Registration and study of alien fish species and their impact / impact on native species and ecosystems (both in Greece and Cyprus).
  • Research on the restoration of rivers, marshes and other inland waterways, including reproduction of species and restoration of longitudinal connectivity (impact of dams on rivers and lakes).
  • Participation in environmental interpretation, education, public awareness and awareness of the impacts on fish in inland waters.
... and other initiatives that integrate fisheries with integrated river basin and coastal zone management ...

And finally, what I think is very important is the legacy we leave behind our many research projects:

- How we influence local communities, communities, governments, government bodies, institutions.
How can we develop higher standards of research directly related to conservation?
- How we promote synergy between researchers and other academic groups and develop relationships for improvement locally and internationally.
- How we help identify and apply "best practices" in the development and use of effective applied research tools, methods and procedures for science, optimal water management and nature conservation.
- how we develop; How we learn (and teach) about fish, ecosystems, management and conservation.
- How we help create a better world.

May 2015 brought better days.

Water reflects not only clouds, trees and mountains, but also all the infinite variety of mind and spirit that we bring to it. - Sigurd Olson

* Please contact : Institute of Marine and Inland Water Resources

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