Institute for MArine Resources and Ecosystem Studies

The "Institute for MArine Resources and Ecosystem Studies" is a non-profit-making privatised research organisation and is part of Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) and is one of the marine research institutes in Europe. Wageningen IMARES is the result of a merger between :

  • the Netherlands Institute for Fisheries Research (RIVO)
  • the Marine Research department of Alterra
  • the water quality department of TNO

Research is carried out through 6 departments, of which Aquaculture is the department that will be engaged in this project. The Aquaculture department has been involved for more than 30 years in mussel research, and is the only research institute in the Netherlands with in-depth knowledge of the blue mussel sector. IMARES has an extensive shellfish library and an active research group that monitors the size of shellfish populations in coastal and estuarine waters, predicts seed production, monitors algal blooms and quality of shellfish, predicts production based on the food availability, and provides advice to the shellfish industry. Indeed, the Aquaculture department is located in Yerseke, where 95% of the Dutch mussel industry is based, including ships, processing plants, distribution centres and a special auction especially for bivalves. In this project the institute will specifically supply experimental hatchery facilities.

Tasks attributed

IMARES has taken an active part in WP3 and WP5 on focusing on recirculating systems for mussel larvae and seed, and improvement of phytoplankton production. IMARES is the leader of WP5 dealing with the high-density seed and mass algal production.

Key persons

Pauline Kamermans ( email : )
She (PhD) has 21 year-old experience in marine ecological and aquaculture research of which 14 years have been devoted to shellfish. She has participated as a researcher and assistant coordinator in two EU projects (EUMAC and GROFLO). She has recently managed two research projects concerning optimization of hatchery technology for mussels (the EU project BLUE SEED and the nationally funded SHANGO project). She has carried out a number of projects on the enhancement of M. edulis seed supply for bottom culture.

Oliver Schneider
Since 2006, he (PhD) has worked for IMARES in the department of aquaculture as researcher and project developer/coordinator involved in a range of projects on national and European REPROSEED levels. His field of work covers recirculating aquaculture systems, their design and operation criteria and the development of sustainable aquaculture production technologies. He frequently teaches international courses on recirculation technologies for aquaculture and works as consultant expert for the government and production sector. In the present project, Oliver Schneider will focus on the design of recirculation systems for mollusc larvae and seed.

Ainhoa Blanco Garcia, MSc in Marine and Lacustrine Science from Gent University. She has been working at IMARES for six years, first as a research assistant and since January 2010 as a Junior Researcher. She has worked on several European (BLUESEED) and Dutch projects for the establishment of a hatchery/nursery of the blue mussel. Currently she is involved in projects on marine recirculation systems, both for fish and shellfish. Within REPROSEED she is involved the development of a recirculation system for mussel larvae and spat.