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CMMAR | MicroFish Project

Updated: May 23

To safeguard marine ecosystems and raise awareness about pollution, a groundbreaking research endeavor titled MicroFish has been launched. Spearheaded by a multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Patricia Pinto and Dr. Ana Patricia Mateus, this project delves into the intricate interactions between anthropogenic microplastics, pharmaceutical micropollutants, and the marine biosphere.

Enviornmental monitoring

Project Overview

The MicroFish Project focuses on environmental monitoring, studying the potential interactions between microplastics and micropollutants, identifying biological impacts on marine organisms, particularly fish, and fostering citizen-science initiatives. Situated in the Algarve region, the project collaborates with local schools to promote scientific engagement and environmental stewardship.

The team boasts diverse expertise, including specialists in cell biology, histology, comparative physiology, and environmental chemistry. Collaborators range from academic institutions to industry experts, ensuring a comprehensive approach to the research.

Research Goals

  • Conduct comprehensive screenings to identify microplastics, micropollutants, and microbes in marine environments.

  • Investigate the association and fate of microplastics and pharmaceuticals in sewage, aquatic ecosystems, and fish.

  • Assess the biological ramifications of exposure to these pollutants on marine organisms and their microbial communities.

  • Engage high-school students in hands-on activities to bolster ocean literacy and environmental consciousness.

Alignment with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

MicroFish aligns closely with several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • SDG 14: Protecting marine environments and resources by promoting conservation and sustainable practices.

  • SDG 6: Enhancing sanitation efficiency and water quality through understanding pollutant escape routes and biological impacts.

  • SDG 3: Identifying threats to marine life and public health posed by microplastics and pharmaceuticals.

  • SDG 4: Supporting educational initiatives like the MicroWaste project to empower students in environmental protection efforts.


As the MicroFish Project unfolds, it promises to shed light on critical issues facing marine ecosystems, paving the way for informed conservation strategies and a more sustainable future


FAM Foundation is committed with the sustainable development goals, MicroFish project impact the following SGD's.


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

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