| University of the Azores|
| Scientific knowledge, conservation of marine life and the sustainable use of the Atlantic Ocean in the Azores|
Marine Ecology and Biodiversity (MEBS); Fisheries Resources; Oceanography; Chemistry
Eduardo José Louçã Florêncio Isidro
Helder Guerreiro Marques da Silva
Instituto Universitário dos Açores
The Department of Oceanography and Fisheries (Portuguese: Departamento de Oceanografia e Pescas), normally shortened to DOP/UAç, is an Azorean oceanographic institute and research arm of the University of the Azores, with its seat in the city of Horta, on the island of Faial.
Departamento de Oceanografia e Pescas Wikipedia
DOP was created in 1976, under the Instituto Universitário dos Açores (University Institute of the Azores), with its seat in the city of Horta. It became one of the organic units of the University of the Azores head-quartered on the island of Faial. Since its founding, DOP assumed "the role of scientific research, conservation of marine life and sustainable use of Atlantic Ocean in the region of the Azores".
Composed of foreign and regional graduate students, the DOP/UAç is involved in scientific and academic research in marine biology and ocean studies, within the areas of ecology, marine biology, physical and chemical oceanography and fisheries. It is a multidisciplinary institution involved in cooperative research with agreements in international (MAST III, LIFE, DG-XIV), national (PRAXIS, JNICT), and regional programs.
It is a multidisciplinary organization that supports pure and applied research, forming cooperative research programs with national and private institutions. This includes providing services for industry and public service, that includes announcements in the media, museum and educational institutions. The institution emphasizes academics, through the participation of undergraduate research students (47 by October 1997) and graduate students (13 by October 1997) in research projects, as part of its academic requirements.
This includes the studies of:Pelagic halieutic resources (tuna and other nektonic fish species); trophic chains; and the dynamics of large pelagic species
Ichtyodemersal resources (fishery species with commercial value in the Azores)
Biology and genetics of oceanic squids
Biology and population dynamics of seamount species
General ecology and behaviour of fishes and invertebrates from littoral communities
Ecology of hydrothermal vents
Ecology of seabird communities
Ecology of cetaceans (related with whalewatching activities)
The department is divided into four sections:Marine Ecology and Biodiversity (MEBS)
Supporting these investigation units are five nuclei: fisheries statistics; documentation; imagery/multimedia; computer sciences; scientific diving. This includes several laboratories which support all the scientific and scholarly projects undertaken by DOP. At least one technician/researcher is responsible for each laboratory, that includes specific areas, such as: Marine Ecology and Biodiversity; Fisheries Resources; Aquaculture and Ethology; Instrumentation and Calibration; Chemistry; Oceanographic Monitoring and Modelling; Optics and Ageing; and Histology and Genetics.