This programme aims to carry out strategic research in the field of aquaculture and facilitate its effective
transfer to the industry, companies and the government. The Marine Environment Monitoring subprogramme
performs the following tasks: monitoring the environment in marine production areas
and food safety in seafood, the valuation of marine products, and the design and execution of the
Monitoring programme of Water Quality, molluscs and toxic phytoplankton in shellfish production
areas on the Catalan coast, based on environmental parameters, microbiological indicators (E. coli),
toxic phytoplankton and marine toxins, pollutants, heavy metals, organochlorines, PAHs and dioxins.
The Aquatic Cultures sub-programme seeks to develop research into both new and well-established
aquatic species to improve their quality, productivity and sustainability at a commercial level and for
the innovation of new biotechnological methods. The sub-programme also strives to attain an interdisciplinary
synergy between its programs and lines of research.