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Latin american journal of aquatic research

versión On-line ISSN 0718-560X

Lat. Am. J. Aquat. Res. vol.42 no.2 Valparaíso mayo 2014




Marine Biology keeps progressing in Brazil



The current issue of the Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research (LAJAR) gathers full papers of studies presented at the 4th Brazilian Congress of Marine Biology (4th CBBM, abbreviation in Portuguese), hosted at Costão do Santinho Resort, Golf & Spa International Center of Events, in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina State, Brazil, from 19th to 23rd May, 2013. The Congress has been run by the Brazilian Association of Marine Biology (ABBM), which organizes its national congresses every two years.

This is a promising moment for Marine Biology and Sea Sciences in general in Brazil. Brazilian institutions are networking to develop big research projects, new research vessels are available, a new national institute of sea research has just been created - this new institute (INPOH) was officially founded in the following day after the 4th CBBM. The current scientific context of Brazil is highlighted by the maturity of the Marine Biology community, able to assemble to carry out a high-quality event. This would not be possible 20 years ago.

The 4th CBBM had the attendance of 1,420 delegates, who presented 430 studies as posters and 92 talk presentations. Forty plenary lectures (eight of them presented by invited international speakers) and four round-tables were presented in the event. Many other important activities were organized, such as the ABBM Award for Students (in two categories: undergraduate and graduate students), the photography contest, the general assembly of the Brazilian Association of Marine Biology, two parallel scientific meetings, film exhibitions, the special award for outstanding researchers on Marine Biology (Medalha Biologia Marinha Brasil), a training course on marine biology for high school teachers, among others.

A key-activity of the 4th CBBM was the publication of full papers presented at the Congress. This excellent alternative has only been possible due the fundamental support of the Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research. The manuscripts were evaluated through the regular peer review process and the current issue gathers a variety of topics of research on Marine Biology in Brazil. The Brazilian Association of Marine Biology takes this opportunity to express its profound gratitude to the LAJAR, which made a very important activity of the 4th CBBM to be possible. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the tremendous support received by the editor of LAJAR, Dr. Sergio Palma, and his team before the 4th CBBM, during the Congress, and throughout the process of editing this volume. Supporting the Congress, the LAJAR strengthened the event and reinforced its essential role to the development of Sea Sciences in Latin America.

A special acknowledgement is also due to the members of scientific committee of the 4th CBBM who worked as referees of this special issue of the LAJAR. We extend our gratitude to all other researchers who worked as anonymous reviewers of the manuscripts submitted for possible publication. Their contributions were essential to accomplish this endeavor.

The activities of the 4th CBBM had the financial support of several sponsors, such as CNPq, CAPES, FAPERJ, CFBio, Sinc do Brasil, Cristália, PPG-Mar, and Technical Books. In addition, the Congress was supported by the volunteer and enthusiastic work of several professionals and students. We thank all sponsors and volunteers for their contributions that made possible the successful accomplishment of the 4th Brazilian Congress of Marine Biology.

And finally, we thank the fundamental role of the researchers and students who are taking the responsibility to contribute to spread up our knowledge on marine resources. Their efforts have been creating a new paradigm in Brazil: good Science to support the growing and challenging demands of the society.


Sergio de Oliveira Lourenço
Universidade Federal Fluminense, Guest Editor of the Special Number of LAJAR
Elisabete Barbarino
Universidade Federal Fluminense, President of the Brazilian Association of Marine Biology

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