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Building and installing cages

Proyecto PERCEBES-BiodivERsA Construcción-Instalación from DocumentAzul on Vimeo. Employees at the El Vasco workshop did a carefull folding and welding job to produce metal cages cages capable of withstanding tremendous wave forces. These conditions are typical of the sites where the stalked barnacles live. Almost 2 years after initiation of the PERCEBES human exclusion experiment, the… Read More »

Happy 2019!

Winter has been mostly pleasant in the Asturian Coast so far. Good weather during the Christmas period ensured a good catch, which was sold at top prices. Prices now have dropped, but some of the best reefs remain open to the barnacle gatherers. Abraham and Fran, from the Luanco fishers guild, kindly brought us to “La… Read More »

Winter has hit hard

This is what is left of one of our experimental cages in one of project PERCEBES sites in Asturias, N Spain. Loss of cages has been massive in Asturias during winter, possibly because the main storm hit directly from the North. By comparison, sites at Portugal and Galicia fared much better. Note that the rock… Read More »

Modelling meeting in Aveiro

During the 29 and 30th of January members of PERCEBES met at the Complexo Interdisciplinar de Ciências Físicas Aplicadas à Nanotecnologia e Oceanografia (CICFANO), in the University of Aveiro, Portugal, to discuss different aspects of the biophysical models of larval transport. One of the aims of project PERCEBES is to develop models to predict the drift… Read More »

Building cages flat out!

People at “Metalistería El Vasco” are working frantically to meet the deadline with the cages. Folding, cutting, welding, drilling, sparks, shouts… Within 3 weeks we are supossed to be fixing those cages to the rocks at the intertidal in Brittany, Asturias, Galicia and Alentejo. Once finished, the cages will go through a galvanization bath, and then… Read More »

First try of a prototype cage

Yesterday we tried or first prototype of the experimental cages for the Human Exclusion Experiment in Asturias. It was difficult, not only because it was the first time, but also because it was very very difficult to find the right spot, with  a flat surface and at least 30% of stalked barnacles cover. Finally we… Read More »

PERCEBES at the kickoff BIODIVERSA meeting-Brussels, 4-5 April

As coordinator of PERCEBES, José Luis Acuña has participated in the kickoff  meeting of the BIODIVERSA ERANET. It was an opportunity to witness the fascinating diversity of projects which were finally financed in this 2015-2016 call. These address some of the most relevant ecological issues in our continent: climate change in the arctic, connectivity among populations (e.g. bears),… Read More »