Napoli, Istituto di Meteorologia e Oceanografia

Livorno, Centro Interuniv. di Biologia Marina



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Spianata San Raineri, 86
98122 Messina   ITALY
Tel : + 39 090 601 54 38
Fax : + 39 090 669 07
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Dr Lucrezia Genovese

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring

Main sectors of research
marine & fresh water fish-farming, evaluation of fishing resources, biological oceanogr.:mainly coastal marine waters

Current major projects
* cartography of demersal resources in Italian seas ;
* ecologic study of symbiont luminous bacteria of mesopelagic fish in the Straits of Messina ;
* evaluation of demersal resources from Cape Suvero (Calabria) to Cape S. Vito (Sicily) ;
* hydrodynamism of the Straits of Messina and influence on the trophic levels of the planktonic biocenosis ;
* integrated study of the main trophic components in the water-sediment system ;
* international bottom trawl survey in the Mediterranean (MEDITSIT) ;
* comparison of fish-farming experimentation : breeding of Seriola dumerilii in different contained environments (tank - cage) ;
* recent history of Mediterranean water masses analyzed through the determination of in-situ microbial activity ;
* setting up of an integrated system comprising the management of data and monitoring by automatic systems of characteristic parameters of the marine environment

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 14 others : 12

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 2000 teaching :
others :

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 30 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 2
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
M/fo 'Delfo' is equiped for continuous monitoring campaigns of chemical-physical parameters of surface waters and it's equiped with radar, GPS and 12V DC/220 AC static convertor group ;
M/b 'Furetto' is equiped as a fishing boat for the catch and transport of live samples

Other major research facilities and equipment
* continuous measuring system of nitrate, phosphates, ammonia ;
* continuous system for temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH, turbidity, fluorescence measurements ;
* coulter particle counter ;
* elementary analyser of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen ;
* fish-farming installation with 6 open air tanks to a total volume of 400 m, 2 tanks with electronic photoperiod control, hatchery, laboratories for feed and algae culture ;
* laboratory precision salinometer ;
* t-fish for continuous monitoring and sampling of the 0 to 25 meters depth layer ;
* various types of oceanographic probes

Ecosystem types available nearby
lagoon system of Oliveri-Tindari (Patti - Messina), brakish lake of Ganzirri and Faro (Messina), Straits of Messina

Areas of taxonomic expertise
zoobenthos, phytoplankton, macroalgae, bacteriology, fishes, cephalopods, crustaceans

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :
    collections of mediterranean fishes and echinoderms

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no

Training courses
yes no

Capacity and brief description of library
the Institute has a library of about 2000 volumes complete with important publications of notable scientific and historic importance on the principal oceanographic expeditions carried out from the last century onward, it possesses about 100 collections of scientific journals, of which 25 are dated up to 1997

Type of research institution
governmental, national governmental, local
international academic
private other:


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