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The nutrition of marine organisms is one of the most important areas of research and development in marine aquaculture in the last decades. It has been shown that one of the main bottlenecks of intensive aquaculture occurs during the larval stages, mainly in fishes, crustaceans, and molluscs. Macroinvertebrates have being extensively used as live prey in cultures and our research group has carried out several experiences with many species. One of the most promising are the misid Gastrosaccus roscoffensis, frequent as epibenthic component of sandy beaches in the Canaries. Check it out here! Escánez, A., R. Riera, L Márquez, A Skalli, BC Felipe, I García-Herrero, D Reis, C Rodríguez, E Almansa. 2012. A general survey of the feasibility of culturing the mysid Gastrosaccus roscoffensis (Peracarida, Mysida): Growth, survival, predatory skills, and lipid composition. Ciencias Marinas, 38(3): 475-490..

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Brine disposal from desalination plants alters marine benthic assemblages.300 desalination plants are currently working in the Canarian archipelago and their brine effluents affect recipient assemblages, reducing species richness and abundance of individuals. However, the densities of several species are favoured in altered areas, thus, they could be conrtunistsider as oppos. The main drawback of this environmental perturbation consists of separating hypersaline brine from the indirect effects of continuous flow on grain size composition. Check it out! Riera, R., F. Tuya, E. Ramos, M. Rodríguez, Ó. Monterroso. 2012. Variability of macrofaunal assemblages on the surroundings of brine disposal. Desalination. DOI:10.016/j.desal.2012.02.003.

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Aquaculture industry can produce changes in the natural environment, threatening the environmental quality of coastal areas. Aquaculture industry can produce changes in the natural environment, threatening the environmental quality of coastal areas.Monitoring programs include environmental indicators, and one of the most reliable ones are meiofaunal communities (organisms with 0.063-0.5 mm range size). They can be considered a reliable bioindicator to detect changes from off-shore cages. For more information, check it out! More info at Riera, R., P. Sánchez-Jérez, M. Rodríguez, Ó. Monterroso, E. Ramos (2012). Long-term monitoring of fish farms: application of nematode/copepod index to oligotrophic conditions. Marine Pollution Bulletin.