Marine Biology Station investment

Another €180,000 invested in scientific research

Marine Biology Station at Praia do Gorgulho
Praia do Gorgulho

The Mayor of Funchal, Pedro Calado visited the Funchal Marine Biology Station yesterday afternoon to see in person an investment of €180,000 that the municipality made in that important municipal scientific research infrastructure.

The Funchal Marine Biology Station (opposite) can be found on the seafront walk next to the landmark Cais do Carvao (Coal Wharf) in the Lido alongside Praia do Gorgulho.

“This Marine Biology Station was a work from the 90s, so it’s already a work with many years and had never been intervened”, said Pedro Calado, adding that what had been done, in addition to replacing gutters, waterproofing and painting of the building, “it was essentially dealing with the air conditioning systems to give better quality to the air that exists inside these facilities”, this is because the infrastructure in question “is very dedicated and oriented towards scientific research and work that is carried out with the University of Madeira”, namely “with students who are finishing their Biology course and who need a space to work and research and treat some species”.

The Funchal Marine Biology Station is owned by the Câmara Municipal do Funchal and dedicated to research and education in marine sciences. It was inaugurated on September 28th, 1999 and its main goals are to develop the sciences and technologies of the sea, particularly, biology and ecology of coastal and deep-sea waters.

Marine Biology Station research contribution

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The research centre is the base for the Marine Biology team of the Natural History Museum of Funchal and the Faculty of Life Sciences of the University of Madeira. The two teams participate in several research projects including studies on the fish and crustacean diversity of Macaronesian deep waters, coastal biology and ecology, biology and migration of sea turtles and marine pelagic birds’ biology and migration.

Simultaneously, the Station also carries out educational activities to promote knowledge about sea habitats and environmental education, either in an institutional way, or working in collaboration with other public and private entities. During the last 20 years, the Marine Biology Station has published 46 scientific papers and contributed 20 research projects, 30 scientific campaigns and expeditions, 14 didactic publications, 2 temporary exhibitions, and has received more than 12,000 visitors on guided tours (opposite).

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