Oceans, 500 years after Magellan and Elcano

On Friday, November 12, 2021, the Cervantes Institute of Tokyo, together with the Embassy of Spain and the Association of Spanish Scientists in Japan (ACE Japan) and the sponsorship of Iberdrola, organized a hybrid conference to celebrate the Commemoration of the 5th Centenary of the expedition of the first round the world of Fernando de Magallanes and Juan Sebastián Elcano.

This meeting took place in Japan and focused on the current situation of our oceans. The conference brought researchers from ACE Japan, the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Association of Spanish Researchers in Australia-Pacific (SRAP).


Our SRAP member  Dr. Paco Martínez Baena, a marine ecologist at the Nature Conservancy organization, presented on one of his current projects ‘Reef Builder’ which aims to recover oyster reefs in Australia. Paco explained the causes that have ended the oyster reefs and the current strategies to recover them.

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Ana Rubio Zuazo

About Ana Rubio Zuazo

I have 15 years of operational and management experience in Coastal NRM with an emphasis on marine aquaculture. My research revolves around marine ecology and aquaculture, in particular in relation to the cultivation of oysters. Most of my research focuses on the Sydney Rock Oyster and the Pacific Oysters. A number of projects that I am currently involved in are included in this industry website: http://www.southcoastoysterindustry.com.au/ • Coastal Natural Resource Management projects • Monitoring and response to Harmful Algal Blooms • Designing, conducting, statistical analysis and reporting of ecological and water quality data • Design, development and implementation of environmental and aquaculture-based research projects: design of state-wide oyster monitoring programs, disease investigations; production • Aquaculture advisor • Twenty years of experience in project management of aquatic monitoring programs • Calibration, set-up and deployment of water quality instrumentation • Extensive experience in field work (remote sites, off-boat sampling, benthic sampling, water quality monitoring, SCUBA assessments) • GIS, Modelling, reporting, web-portal design, education packages