MSc Aquatic Ecosystem Management
 

 

Algarve Field Course 2004: Ria Formosa

click on the thumbnails for a better look

 

 
 

Visit to Necton: commercial production of plankton using solar bioreactors

 

Saltpans, with mariculture establishment in background

 

Use of tidal power: tidal grain mil

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Visit to investigate the biology of temporary ponds:


 
 

In Spain, men on horseback charge at these with lances, apparently.. Here, the windmills do the charging

 

These modern windmills lie next to one of two very ancient temporary ponds..

 

..run that one past me again?

 

 
 

 
 

Now you see it....

 

Where's the pond gone?

 

No, that's a bit too temporary: keep walking!

 

So who's going in?

 

 
 
 
 

We want all those flowers picked, now!

 

Only joking, of course,..

 

...honestly!

 

They are a rare variety of Ranunculus

 

 
 
 
 
The ponds are an important refuge for some other endangered wildlife species.
No, not the students; the pond life is in the bowl.
 
 
Ria Formosa Marine Wildlife park: benthic sampling
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Examining the catch back in the lab.
 
 
 
 
 
 

This is a terrestrial species: processionary moth caterpillars on the move

 

 
 
Visit to Cabo de Sao Vicente
 
 

Next stop America

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
The Ria Formosa: an estuarine area between the sand dunes and the land
 
 
 
 
 
     

The dunes must be protected from erosion by human activity in order to protect the Ria

 

   
 

Visit to fish production plant
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

These tubes contain cultures of algae used to feed rotifers, in turn used to feed the fish larvae.

 

 
 
 

Some pictures from the 2005 trip here

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