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Marine reserves contribute to the recovery of species exposed to overfishing

A study by the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) shows that areas where fishing is prohibited are contributing to the recovery, in just a few years, of species such as hake, one of the most commercially interesting in the Mediterranean. According to the study, the effect of the reserve especially favours juvenile individuals, but it also contributes to an increase in their catches around the area where fishing is not allowed.

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Scientists find out a ‘superenzyme’ that reduces pollution associated with paper industry

The molecule, developed and patented by the CSIC, reduces the amount of chemicals needed to bleach paper and provides an environmentally friendly alternative.

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Bacteria-based technology to degrade toxic compounds of mercury in marine sediments

The MER-CLUB Project, in which the Instituto de Ciencias del Mar (ICM-CSIC) is involved, aims to develop a marine bacteria-based technology to degrade a toxic mercury compound and thus to improve the quality of the marine environment. This compound, monomethylmercury, accumulates in marine sediments and enters the food chain.

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FutureMARES, the ocean as a pillar of the strategy against climate change

The EU-funded project FutureMARES, which is funded by H2020 programme and seeks to provide socially and economically viable solutions based on ecosystems and the services they provide for the adaptation and mitigation of the effects derived from climate change in marine ecosystems, started on September 1.

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The expansion of the holm oak trees threatens the Montseny newt

A study led by scientists at the CEAB-CSIC and the CREAF warns about the need of measures for protecting the Montseny newt. They say, in a study recently published, that climate change and changes in vegetation cover in the Montseny Natural Park, jeopardize the long-term viability of this species indigenous from Montseny, which is at risk of extinction.

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