CCMAR is one of the foremost marine science research centres in Portugal, gathering experts in the fields of marine biology, ecology, oceanography, environmental sciences, biotechnology, fisheries and aquaculture. Located in the South of Portugal, CCMAR is an independent and non-profit research organization within the University of Algarve system. CCMAR is dedicated to R&D in the marine sciences, and aims to promote multidisciplinary research and education related with the marine environment, with emphasis on the processes of environmental change that affect marine ecosystems, including developing approaches to conserve and unlock the potential of living marine resources, in light of those changes.

CCMAR offers TA services and is also the Portugese partner in ASSEMBLE Plus. 



  • Lagoons and mudflats, estuaries, intertidal rocky and sandy shores, kelp forests and deep-water cold coral reefs
  • Mudflats and ponds of Ria Formosa, a unique coastal mesotidal lagoon, separated from the ocean by a system of barrier islands and inlets, with very high biodiversity and an ideal natural laboratory protected by national and international legislation, which can be accessed by foot or boat.
  • Special sites (e.g. marine protected areas) and extreme environments (e.g. hypersaline and aquaculture areas) are also easily accessible


Ecosystem access

  • Coastal research vessels
  • Submersibles (ROV)
  • In-situ sampling facilities and monitoring equipment.
  • CCMAR Scientific Dive Centre


Biological resources

  • Fish species (e.g. Sparus aurata, Dicentrarchus labrax, Solea senegalensis, Hippocampus guttulatus, Danio rerio, Oreochromis sp.), cephalopods (e.g. Sepia officinalis), plants (Zostera spp.Fucus vesiculosus) and different species of microalgae and copepods rotifers
  • CCMAR may sample marine organisms upon request, while ensuring that sampling follows ethical and nature conservation requirements


Experimental facilities and technology platforms

  • Laboratories of molecular biology, analytical chemistry, ecology, imaging
  • Climate-controlled rooms
  • In-situ studies for investigating marine biological systems at various levels, from biochemistry and molecular biology through genetics, physiology, behaviour, ecology and oceanography
  • The Ramalhete Marine Station allows the provision of tailored experimental setups in a wide range of conditions
  • Outdoor mesocosms facilities
  • Aquaria
  • Bioresources platform (technical support to electrophysiology rigs, GC- and HPLC- coupled mass spectrometry, elemental analysis, microscopy, cell culture, DNA sequencing, proteomics and imaging)
  • A computing and bioinformatics platform (http://gyra.ualg.pt)


Associated services (E-services, Expert advice, Supporting faciltites)

Visitors will be able to work independently. CCMAR will support their research work by providing:

  • a welcome package for integration within the infrastructure
  • logistic support (accommodation, car rental, meeting venues, etc.)
  • office and laboratory space
  • general services: internet access, documentation, etc.
  • technical support (technicians dedicated to labs and platforms), if requested
  • scientific advice, whenever necessary

CCMAR offers a range of services and supporting facilities for holding events (meetings, conferences, workshops, courses) and liaising with business. 


Universidade do Algarve
Campus de Gambelas, Edifício 7
8005-139 Faro
Liaison officer: Ana Margarida Amaral (amamaral@ualg.pt), cc to: ccmarassemble@ualg.pt

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