Republic of Cyprus
Department of Fisheries and Marine Research

Marine Environment

Funded Projects


REP/7/003 “Marine Environmental Assessment of the Mediterranean Region” of the International Atomic Energy Agency in cooperation with the EU. This program involves all European Mediterranean countries as well as the countries of the Black Sea, and is about monitoring and detecting radioactive elements in the marine environment of the Mediterranean (in progress).

“MARINE environmental in situ Assessment and monitoring tool BOX” (MARIABOX). This project has been approved for funding from the EU Commission as part of FP7 and consists of 13 Partners (universities, research institutes and private companies) from seven European Union countries, including the DFMR. The aim of the project is to develop new multifunctional sensors for in-situ monitoring of the marine environment and related maritime activities (OCEAN.2013-2: Innovative multifunctional sensors for in-situ monitoring of marine environment and related maritime activities). The word "MARIA" is the plural of the Latin word "mar" (sea) and express the broad application offered by the system in many regions, where low-cost marine measurements are necessary in real time. (in progress).

LIFE NAT/CY/000247 “Improving the conservation status of fauna species in Cyprus: from microhabitat restoration to landscape connectivity (ICOSTACY)” (

(i) Action C7.2: “Provision of Services to participate in the implementation of the program "Control of foreign invasive species, specifically the removal of freshwater turtle Trachemys scripta in the framework of the LIFE program" (completed successfully).

(ii) Action C8.2: “Provision of Services to participate in the implementation of the captive breeding program of Cyprus grass snake Natrix natrix cypriaca, Cypriot dendrogalias Hierophis cypriensis and freshwater turtle Mauremys rivulata - within the Activity C8.2.”. This project purpose was to enrich the small isolated populations of the species of reptiles and also the development and establishment of new populations in suitable selected locations with individuals bred in captivity, aiming to avoid local extinction of these species (completed successfully in 2014).

“Services for mapping meadows of marine phanerogam Posidonia oceanica in coastal waters of Cyprus within the Operational Program for Fisheries 2007-2013”

This project was funded 50% by the European Fisheries Fund and 50 % by national funds and included mapping of the Posidonia oceanica meadows in all coastal waters of the country that are under the effective control of the Republic of Cyprus and in greater detail in the marine Natura 2000 marine areas (Cavo Greco, Nissia, Petra tou Romiou , Moullia, Polis Limni / Gialia and Akamas) and the wider sea area of Limassol - Vasilikos. Furthermore, the project covered identification of other important habitats under the Habitats Directive 92/43 / EEC, and also the bathymetric study of mapping areas. (Successfully completed in 2013).

‘Development of a prototype computer-aided system for semi-automatically identifying key species of the marine benthic macrofauna of Cyprus Nr. Project Protocol: SUSTAINABILITY / NATURE / 0308 (BIE)΄.

This project was funded 100% by the Research Promotion Foundation (RPF) as part of the Package Programs 2008 RPF for Research, Technological Development and Innovation. DFMR (MED) participated as a Cooperating Carrier in collaboration with the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Cyprus and the Democritus University of Thrace. The main goal of the project was to significantly facilitate the research operations of recording and monitoring of marine biodiversity in Cyprus, through a pilot computer program for semi - automatic identification of key marine macroinvertebrate species. (Successfully completed in 2011).

Community Initiative Program INTERREG IIIA Greece - Cyprus, 2000-2006: ‘Environmental Impact Assessment System from Aquaculture (AQUA-PLANNER)’. The consortium consisted of the Aegean University - Department of Marine Sciences, the Oceanographic Centre of the University of Cyprus and the DFMR (Successfully completed in 2008).

Community Initiative Program INTERREG IIIA Greece - Cyprus, 2000-2006: ‘Investigation of impacts from human activities on the quality of the coastal environment and development of environmental quality indicators in the context of coastal zone management in accordance with Water-Framework Directive 2000/60 / EC ’. In this project participated the Aegean University - Department of Marine Sciences and the DFMR (Successfully completed in 2008).

MedVeg, Study of the impacts of nutrients produced by marine aquaculture activity on the marine vegetation of coastal ecosystems (completed).

Avicenne: Impacts of aquaculture on macrobenthos (completed)

MedMPA: Project for the development of marine protected areas in the Mediterranean (Completed).

LIFE: Special Areas of Conservation (Directive 92/43 / EC) in Cyprus: Participation in the part relating to the sea and the salt lakes (Completed).

LIFE04NAT/CY000013: It aims to protect and manage of Natura 2000 areas. (Completed).


ΜEDPOL/UNEP: Monitoring Program of the quality of sea water and measurements of pollutants like heavy metals etc. It focuses: (a) on the control the quality of coastal waters from significant sources of pollution, (b) on the control waste disposals that end up in the marine area, (c) on the chronic accumulation of pollutants like pesticides and heavy metals in fish and (d) on the degree of compliance of bathing waters on the criteria of UNEP / MAP and the relevant EU Directive (in progress).

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