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Shifts on intertidal benthic communities could be due to high-frequency events, or even by stochastic ones, such as, freshwater runoffs, that may be more frequent in the next decades as a results of climate change. In the Canary archipelago, there are no true rivers but ravines. They discharge material to the sea during heavy rainfalls. Intertidal assemblages are subjected to these perturbations and drastic changes are expected to occur after these events. Meiofauna assemblages provide valuable ecological information about recovery and disappearance of species during these phenomena. More info at. Riera, R., J. Núñez & M.C. Brito. 2012. Influence of a freshwater runoff on temporal variations of an intertidal meiofauna assemblage. Vie et Milieu 62(3): 105-114

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Data on opportunistic sightings of diamond-shaped squid Thysanoteuthis rhombus egg masses in the Canary Islands (Atlantic Ocean) are presented. These data reveal the existence of an important spawning area for diamond-shaped squid around the Canary Islands, in subtropical east Atlantic waters. Thus, it could be feasible a potential development of an artisanal fishery focused on this species, Escánez, A., R. Riera, A.F. González, Á. Guerra. 2012. On the occurrence of egg-masses of diamond-shaped squid Thysanoteuthis rhombus, Troschel 1857 in the subtropical eastern Atlantic (Canary Islands). A potential commercial species? Zookeys 222: 69-76

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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..