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Scientific and educational strategies for a sustainable port activity facing biological invasions: from Ports to BluePorts. Is it possible?

Eduardo Dopico & Yaisel Borrell (eds.)  (2020).

Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Oviedo.

ISBN: 978-84-17445-73-7. D.L.AS 34-20020.

What is BluePorts 2019?

BluePorts 2019 is an INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP for Port Stakeholders, Researchers, Managers, Teachers, Students and Citizens concerned about a subject of hot topicality: Biologically Safe Ports. It is organized by the Marine Observatory of Asturias, Spain, The Gijon Port Authority and the University of Oviedo Foundation and is coordinated by Prof. Yaisel J. Borrell (University of Oviedo) and Prof. Eduardo Dopico (University of Oviedo) under the Scientific Direction of Prof. Eva Garcia-Vazquez (University of Oviedo). Key experts in the field have confirmed their participation.

Why BluePorts 2019?

Preventing the introduction of invasive alien species is one of the main lines of action envisaged by the European Commission in the upcoming EU blue growth strategy. The introduction of these organisms in ports, coastal areas and watersheds is damaging aquatic ecosystems all around the world, with estimated direct costs of many millions of dollars spent on monitoring, prevention of spread and remediation of the ecosystems.
Invasions by marine non-indigenous species (NIS) are thus one of the greatest threats to biodiversity and to sustainable blue economies. Ports are the main entry gates of exotic biota in European waters, principally through biofouling and ballast water. The EU Port Reception Facility directive obliges ports to provide adequate port reception facilities to ships delivering waste in ports. Within this aim it is necessary to design, test and demonstrate the “ideal” Port Reception Facility and services for oiled and ballast water (as first concern). The goal is to create awareness and motivation within the maritime community to stop discharges at sea by designing in consensus the «Blue Port Services». These strategies should involve not only port stakeholders but the whole society. However, despite all the available knowledge about NIS detection and prevention strategies they are far away of being effectively implemented within the Ports. Besides this, deficiencies of communication and support between the Ports and their neighbor cities and citizens have been identified.
In this scenario, BluePorts 2019 invites Academics, Port Authorities, Stakeholders and Citizens to present and discuss their initiatives and experiences with the aim of evolving from Ports to BluePorts beyond 2020.


The City of Gijón is a reference in Asturias, Spain, for citizen awareness in policy and actions of environmental regeneration. BluePorts 2019 is an opportunity to reinforce that role and make the city a new space of academic and citizen debate relevant for sustainable management actions in defense of ecosystems.


The event is organized in two different spaces of the Gijon City.


  • The scientific workshop sessions, restricted to the participants, include presentations, colloquium and debate. They will be held in the amazing facilities of the Theater of the El Musel port of Gijón.
  • The poster sessions will be open to the public downtown at the Culture Center Old Institute Jovellanos, near the City Hall. Gijon citizens are invited to come, see the posters, have a chat with the scientists, and participate in children’s games organized around the poster exhibition.

Scientific Committee

  1. Eva García Vázquez (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  2. Fabienne Valle (Port of Brest, France)
  3. Nuno Matos (Eco-Oil, Portugal)
  4. Alba Ardura (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  5. Gonzalo Machado (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  6. Horacio Montes ((University of Oviedo, Spain)
  7. Eduardo Dopico (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  8. Yaisel J. Borrell (University of Oviedo, Spain)

Executive Committee

  1. Yaisel J. Borrell (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  2. Eduardo Dopico (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  3. Beatriz Galán (Projects-Gijon Port Authority, Spain)
  4. Gonzalo Machado (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  5. Marlene Bartolomé (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  6. Aitor Ibabe (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  7. Marina Parrondo (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  8. Paula Masiá (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  9. María del Carmen Blanco (University of Oviedo, Spain)
  10. Celia Delgado (University of Oviedo, Spain)

Guest speaker

Bella Galil (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

Plenary talk: The Suez Canal and the devastation of the  Mediterranean Sea biota



Professor Galil’s research interests comprise anthropogenic changes of macrobenthic ecology in coastal and deep waters, the dynamics/conservation of marine biodiversity, and marine bioinvasions and decapod crustacean taxonomy and biology.

Scientific Program

December 5th, 2019

08:45: Bus Travel from Faculty of Biology (UNIOV) to Downtown of the City of Gijon (Gota de leche (

09:15: Bus Stop at Downtown of the City of Gijon (Gota de leche ( and travel to the Port of  Gijón.

9:30-9:45: Presentation of Blueports 2019 by Authorities (Port of Gijon).

9:45-10:30: Plenary speaker. Bella Galil: The Suez Canal and the devastation of the Mediterranean Sea biota.


10:30-12:00: Case studies of biosecurity problems associated with ports (Port of Gijon) (10 minutes).

  1. Large-scale assessment of non-indigenous fouling species in Mediterranean ports and recreational boat hulls. A. Marchini et al.
  2. DNA mtCOI barcodes for biosecurity analysis. A proof of concept in French Polynesia ports. A. Ardura et al.
  3. Environmental assessments including species invasiveness in industrial ports using metabarcoding: The Port of Gijon, Bay of Biscay, as a case study. A. Ibabe et al.
  4. Monitoring Marine Exotic Species in the Ria de Vigo.E. E. Cacabelos et al.
  5. Nuisance species in Lake Constance Ports revealed through eDNA. G. Machado & Clusa L.
  6. Risk analysis for biological contamination by ballast water and biofouling in the Port of El Musel (Gijón). M. Bartolomé et al.

12:00-12:20: The coffee break. (Port of Gijon).

12:20-14:30: Scientific and Educational Approaches to face environmental problems in port areas (Port of Gijon) (10 minutes).

  1. Plastic and textile marine litter as reservoirs for secondary species dispersal from ports. A. Ibabe et al.
  2. Establishing informative monitoring baselines in Ports to deal with the problem of biological invasions. L. Miralles, Borrell Y.J. et al. 
  3. The need for a tool to analyse the data and determine the risk of invasive species. V. Soto-López et al.
  4. Tool to determine the biological contamination by ballast water and fouling in the Port of Gijón. D. Menéndez-Teleña, Montes H. et al.
  5. A fuzzy model to assess marinas at high-risk of bioinvasion in the Mediterranean Sea. J. Ferrario et al.
  6. Social perception and public understanding of science in adults enrolled in Blueports project scientific outreach. E. Arboleya & Dopico E.
  7. Development and validation of eDNA markers for the detection of Crepidula fornicata in environmental samples. L. Miralles, Parrondo M. et al.
  8. Maritime ports as sources of macro and microplastic pollution in sandy beaches. A case study in central Bay of Biscay. P. Masia et al.

14:30: Bus travel from Port of Gijon to Downtown of the City of Gijon (Plaza del Carmen (

15:00-16:30: The lunch (Downtown of the City of Gijon- Casa Gloria- Esther and Nacho Manzano (


17:00-19:00: Open Posters Session (Culture Center Old Institute Jovellanos, Downtown of City of Gijon).

Open to general public with Children’s games and activities about invasive species and biological topics.

  1. Implication of ports and marine traffic in the concentration of microplastics in ocean waters. S. Acle et al.
  2. Introductions of non-indigenous mollusc species associated to ports. Insights from the archaeological remains of Castillo de Gauzón (North Iberia). P. Turrero et al.
  3. Risk algae in ballast water facing international conventions. Longitudinal and transversal analysis in European ships employing DNA Metabarcoding. A. Ardura et al.
  4. Connectivity of the big blue octopus (Octopus cyanea, Gray 1849) between the eastern and western coast of Madagascar.N.  N. van Caster et al.
  5. Risk of introduction of invasive species in Baleares’ port. M.I. Gómez et al. 
  6. Monitoring non-indigenous species in port habitats: application of a protocol of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in the Gulf of La Spezia (Italy). M. Tamburini et al.
  7. Fish in ports: Mislabelling at landings. M.C. Blanco & Machado G.
  8. Biology and teacher students’ perceptions on alien species and seaport role in their introduction. A. Torralba-Burrial et al.
  9. Analysis of maritime transport influence on alien species introduction in the Gulf of Gdansk, Baltic Sea, Poland. I. Budzynska
  10. Blueports: Scientific and educational strategies for a sustainable port activity facing biological invasions (MINECO CGL2016-79209-R). E. Dopico.

December 5th. 20:30h. Gala Dinner: Typical Asturian Dinner in a local restaurant «La taberna del piano» (

22:30: Bus Return to Oviedo from Gijon -Plaza del Carmen (

The lunch, coffee break and Gala Dinner are included in the inscription fees


All communications and posters accepted and presented by their authors in the Workshop will be published in a digital book with DOI and ISBN


Deadline for submission of communications/posters:
October 11th, 2019


Response of the Scientific Committee on the acceptance of communications and posters:
November 4st, 2019

Abstract Submissions

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Type of registration

Students: 50 euros

Seniors: 100 euros


Deadline for Register:
November 24th, 2019


Prof. Yaisel Juan Borrell Pichs.

Prof. Eduardo Dopico

The registration in the workshop entails:

  • Conference bag
  • Wireless Internet Connection
  • Participation Certificate
  • Certificate of presentation of communication/poster
  • Publication of communications and posters accepted
  • Coffee break and lunch
  • Gala dinner in Asturian restaurant

Venue & accommodation

The City Council of Gijón, collaborator in the workshop, offers a wide range of leisure, accommodation and restaurants that participants can consult on their official website (en español) (in English)

Participants can submit oral communications and posters not previously published to the workshop around the expected topics



The communications will be presented in Abstract format to be evaluated

Your abstract must use Normal style and should be no longer than 300 words.

Accepted communications may be extended up to 2,500 words (5 pages) for inclusion in the Ebook, with DOI and ISBN, which will be published on the sessions of the Workshop

It is recommended that the extended communication format contain the following sections:
– Introduction
– Objectives and / or hypothesis
– Methodology / method
– Results and Discussion
– Conclusions and Proposals
– Bibliography



The participants will be able to present posters on the topics of the Workshop in A1 format (59,4cm × 84,1 cm)

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