Varna, Institute of Fishing Resources  




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Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
First May Street 40
P.O. Box 152
9000 Varna   BULGARIA
Tel : + 359 52 370 486
Fax : + 359 52
370 483
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Prof. Atanas Palazov

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

Main sectors of research
marine biology, marine ecology, marine physics, chemistry, geology, coastal zone management, ocean technology

Current major projects
EROS 21, NATO TU-WAVES, 8 national projects, NATO Project "Science for Peace"

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 54 others : 81

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 2000 teaching : 200
others : 200

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 50 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 1
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 1
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
Argon-15grt, coastal region ;
Akademik-1200grt ;
contemporary research equipment, world-wide sailing

Other major research facilities and equipment
CTD Sea Bird-9 CTD System, side scanning sonar Kline System 500, PC-8 mini-submersible, Sparker System-12kj, U/W photo system

Ecosystem types available nearby
coastal psammite ecosystem, marshal ecosystem, mountain ecosystem, lakes and wetlands, Mytilus rocky zoocenosis, algae

Areas of taxonomic expertise
phytoplankton, zooplankton, benthos, ichthyofauna

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :
  Black Sea phytoplankton, zooplankton, macrozoobenthos, macrophytobenthos and ichthyofauna species collection ;
underwater slides of about 60 species of the Black Sea flora and fauna ;
collection of 30 Black Sea fossil species

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no
250 m2 (research base Shkorpilovtsi, hotel accomodation)

Training courses
yes no
marine biology and ecology, oceanology, marine physics, chemistry and geology, coastal lithodynamics, oceanographic technology, CMAS scuba diving courses

Capacity and brief description of library
holdings : 10 000 ;
subject areas : marine biology and ecology, physics, chemistry, geophysics, geology, coastal zone management, oceanographic instrumentation, underwater technology

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


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