By | 5 October, 2020

Mañana martes, en el Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto de Gijón, se estrena el videodocumental “Perceberos, recolectores en la Europa del Siglo XXI”, que resume las actividades del proyecto PERCEEBS durante éstos últimos 4 años. Las entradas son limitadas. Se puede consultar en éste vínculo

The plot in a plot

By | 13 February, 2020

In the PERCEBES Human Exclusion Experiments we have followed some plots for up to 2 years (and we keep following some of them). Each series of pictures from a plot tells many different stories happening in a landscape of a few square decimeters. This plot is located in Las Llanas, Asturias, N Spain. The plot has been covered by a cage during 2 years. This is its situation in December 2017.


That same month, we removed a patch of stalked barnacles from the stand, marked by a yellow rectangle.


One year later, the remaining patches of barnacles have grown laterally, but the empty space left after removal of the first patch remains there. It is now covered by a black stuff corresponding to the seaweed  Ralfsia verrucosa. Meanwhile mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis) have displaced the corallinaceous, red algae in the lower right part of the plot, and are now sharing the space with the barnacles. 

That same winter, a further patch of barnacles is removed (yellow square)


In July 2019, one and a half years after the first patch was removed, the patch is starting to show some symptoms of recovery. Some little barnacles can be seen inside the crack, although those animals will require at least another year to grow to commercial size. The process of recolonization of a harvested patch is slow. However, the patches that remained in the plot have grown laterally very repidly, and now cover a significant portion of the plot.

Taller PERCEBES 2020-Muchas gracias!!!

By | 24 January, 2020

A las personas que habéis hecho posible el taller PERCEBES 2020 por tres días intensos, productivos y apasionantes. Sentar en una misma mesa a la gente del percebe de Francia, Portugal y España era uno de los objetivos más audaces y esperados del proyecto. Ahora toca analizar toda la información recogida en las diferentes discusiones y sintetizarla para poder ofreceros una visión general y unas conclusiones. Pondremos ese material a vuestra disposición en éstas mismas páginas y en otros documentos cuando estén listos. Mientras tanto, muchas gracias por vuestro tiempo y vuestra generosidad, de parte de todos los miembros del proyecto.

PERCEBES Project at SIEBM 2019 in Braga, Portugal

By | 3 October, 2019

Katja Geiger presented the PERCEBES Project and David Mateus the first results of the project at the XX SIEBM (Simposio Ibérico de Estudios de Biología Marina).

The symposium was held in September 2019 in Braga, Portugal, where international scientist gathered to exchange their knowledge and research results on topics, such as: Consequences of the Climate Change, Marine Invasive Species, Oceanography, Fisheries, Aquiculture and Biotechnology, Environmental Education and Divulgation, focused on the Iberan Pensinsula.


The PERCEBES Human Exclusion Experiment is over

By | 12 July, 2019


The Portuguese team, from left to right: Joana Fernandes, Teresa Cruz, Teresa Silva and David Jacinto.

The Asturian team, from left to right: Jorge Chachero, Katja Geiger, Consolación Fernández, José Luis Acuña, Alex López, Jorge Sostres, Candela García

We have finally made it. Thanks to all the PERCEBES students, technicians and scientists who have spent their time and effort, that have endured good and bad weather and suffered accidents. In spite of all difficulties and losses and problems, this is a great group achievement. Thank you all!! Now its time for sample and data analysis and paper writting!!!

General PERCEBES meeting, Vigo, 14-15 May

By | 23 May, 2019

From left to right: José Luis Acuña (U. Oviedo), Amandine Nicolle (ENSTA/Bretagne), Julio Arrontes (U. Oviedo), Marieke Feis (Roscoff Marine Station, U. Sorbonne), Elena Ojea and  Carlota Muñiz (U. Vigo), Pierre-AntoineDumont (ENSTA/Bretagne), Henrique Queiroga (U. Aveiro), Alba Aguión (U. Vigo), Yaisell Borrel (U. Oviedo), Aline, Teresa Silva, Joana Fernandes, David Mateus, David Jacinto and Teresa Cruz (U. Evora), Elsa Vázquez (U. Vigo). Missing from the photo, but present during the meeting: Gonzalo Macho and  Paloma Morán (U. Vigo), Jesus Dubert and Rita Nolasco (U. Aveiro).


Sometimes when writting project proposals one fails to see important things that need to be done. The 2019 Vigo meeting was one of those. It was not planned but it has been essential. The project is in the middle of its last year and the Human Exclusion Experiment and recruitment series are about to finish. We gathered in Vigo to discuss how to finish both things, what papers to write, what deadlines for sample processing and data submission and, very importantly, how to prepare for the final, January 2020 collaborative workshop with fishers, ONGs and administrations. The project is ripe, and we needed to discuss how to do the harvest. We all enjoyed Vigo and the hospitality of Elsa Vázquez, Carlota Muñiz, Alba Aguión and Paloma Morán, they really made the thing work. Heading to the Asturias 2020 workshop!!!! Thanks to all!!