HCMR - Hellenic Centre for Marine Research

HMCR is the major marine research centre of Greece, consisting of 5 institutes focusing respectively on aspects of oceanography, fisheries, aquaculture, marine biology - genetics and inland waters. HCMR was established in 2003 by the merger of the National Centre for Marine Research (NCMR) and the Institute of Marine Biology of Crete (IMBC). The Centre has been extremely active in all the EU framework programmes, involved in numerous projects as coordinator or partner (e.g. FAIR, AIR, MAST, Environment, QoL, FP6, Interreg etc.) and has regular exchange of personnel and students with well-known research institutes in Europe.  

The staff of the Institute of Marine Biological Resources (IMBR) involved in this project has a long experience on fish biology, ecology, assessment and modeling gained through various EU projects (EFIMAS, MEDITS, FISBOAT, CoralFISH, CAFÉ, AFRAME, JAKFISH, MADE), as well as through participation in international working groups (e.g. ICES, GFCM, STECF, ICCAT etc.).

Contribution to the project

HCMR will contribute to all WPs.

The scientific team

Dr Christos Maravelias is a senior researcher, Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology and Oceanography. His work focuses on fish population dynamics, fisheries modeling, effects of environment on fish stocks, habitat interactions and stock assessment. He has been the Fisheries Expert of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission Directorate General for Research (DG RTD) managing the entire project cycle of projects in the field of fisheries and aquaculture science as well as contributing to the technical orientation and to the development of relevant EU programmes and policies. He has participated in several EU-funded and national projects, acting as work package coordinator in several of them.

Dr George Tserpes holds a position of Research Director and in the last 15 years he has participated/coordinated several national and European projects in the field of fisheries biology and stock assessment. He has a wide experience on aspects related to the management of marine fisheries through its participation in STECF (regular member from 1998 to 2002), GFCM and ICCAT meetings. Since 2002 he is coordinating the Mediterranean Swordfish working group of ICCAT.

Dr Vassiliki Vassilopoulou, senior researcher, Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology and Ecology. She has been working on aspects of age and growth, feeding and reproductive biology and ecology of demersal fishes, as well as on fishery discarding practices. She has participated in several FAIR, STREP, INCO and EU (DG XIV) STUDIES projects, in some of which as the leading scientist on behalf of the HCMR.

Dr Costas Tsigenopoulos is a biologist and has participated since 1999 in several research projects of the IMBG. His research mainly focuses in genetic diversity and structure of marine organisms, and development of polymorphic markers, gene evolution and comparative genomics.

Dr. Kapiris Kostas has a 15-year experience in fish biology and ecology. He has been working with deep water shrimps and benthic fishes working on age, growth, reproduction, feeding, distribution and population dynamics. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and has been coordinator/partner in EC/National research programs

Dr. Aikaterini Anastasopoulou is a research scientist with 21 years of experience in the field of fisheries biology. Her main expertise lies on fish biology and specifically on reproduction, feeding, age and growth. She has been involved in several EU projects [WebGR (FISH/2007/07 Lot1) TACADAR, FRESH (COST 308/06), DEEP FISH (EU/CT95-0655), MUGIL (INCO-CT-2006-026180)].

Stefanos Kavadas is a special functional scientist with 17 years experience on design, analysis and development of fisheries databases and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). He designed and developed a web-based integrated database-GIS management system to support the sustainability of Greek Fisheries resources. He has undertaken programs funded from the EU and the Greek State.

Panagiota Peristeraki, biologist, has a long experience and numerous publications on aspects related to the biology and fisheries of large pelagic and demersal fish species. She has also participated in more than 30 national and European projects.

John Haralabous is a research assistant in biostatistical processing and modelling. Specialised in FLR, Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs), GAMs, and Bayesian modeling approaches.

27 JANUARY 2022