Outline of IMBRIW research (see Fig. 1)

  • Biology, ecology and life-history of aquatic organisms and fisheries resources (i.e. demersal organisms, small and medium pelagics, large pelagics, marine cetaceans and reptiles, freshwater organisms: age, growth, reproduction, population dynamics, mortality, feeding, spatiotemporal distribution, abundance, behavior, migrations, acoustics, tagging)
  • Early  life history (taxonomic identification, age, growth, feeding, mortality,  dispersal, abundance-daily egg production, diversity)
  • Biodiversity conservation and environmental restoration (taxonomy, distribution, abundance, biology and ecology of freshwater organisms, genetic structure of fish, conservation of endemic freshwater fish, habitat restoration, marine and freshwater alien species and their interaction with native ones)
  • Ecological quality assessments and monitoring (monitoring and assessment of ecological status of surface waters according to the Water Framework Directive provisions, development of river typology schemes, establishment of reference conditions, selection of metrics for assessing ecological degradation, definition of the metric scale to assess deviation from reference conditions)
  • Integrated river basin management (integrated water resources management at the catchment scale employing ecological quality assessments, numerical modeling to simulate processes driving hydrology and water quality and to produce management scenarios, study of ‘hot moments’, i.e. droughts and floods, and their effects on aquatic communities, predictability of water cycle, through studying land-surface and coastal water processes and optimal integration of models with observational data)
  • Fisheries ecology and Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (fisheries-aquaculture-environment interactions, adult/juvenile spatiotemporal bathymetric distribution, geographic distribution, conservation of non-fisheries resources, integrated coastal zone management including design and management of artificial reefs and marine protected areas, ecological modeling and simulations of fisheries exploitation scenarios in an ecosystem context, monitoring through the Marine Strategy Framework Directive)
  • Fisheries dynamics and capture (monitoring through the EU Data Collection Framework, fleet dynamics, landings, stock assessments, new fisheries resources, small-scale and trawl gear selectivity, discards, VMS monitoring, socio-economics, development of management plans)
  • Modeling and assessment (various age-based and global production models, time series models, habitat suitability models, Individual Based Models – IBM, Ecopath-w-Ecosim, numerical weather prediction models, hydro-meteorological models, statistical evaluation of weather forecasts)
  • Database and GIS Support Unit.


IMBRIW provides services to the following agencies:

(a) General Secretariat of Research and Technology
(b) Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food
(c) Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change
(d) Ministry of Tourism
(d) European Commission
(e) International Management Bodies and Committees (EFARO, EC STECF, CIAC, GFCM, FAO-EASTMED, ICCAT, NAFO, ICES, UNEP MAP RAC/SPA, EEAJRC etc)
(f) Municipalities, prefectures and regions
(g) Management Agencies of Protected Areas and national parks in Greece
(h) Mariculture Business Innovation Center, Croatia
(i) NGOs and
(k) Fishers’ and farmers’ associations.

For further details on the background, the structure and the vision of IMBRIW please refer to our ‘business plan’ report produced in November 2013:

Scientific and Management Plan