AquaBioTech Group (ABT)


Details and expertise of the project partners

Alfonso Siciliano

Alfonso Siciliano has PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand), MSc in Marine Ecology (Italy), and BSc in Biological Sciences (Italy). He is an experienced marine biologist with more than 10 years’ professional experience working for central government, academic sector, and private companies.

Alfonso specialises in the ecosystem function and biodiversity of benthic communities in intertidal and subtidal seagrass beds, rocky shore canopy-forming seaweed-dominated systems, estuarine mudflats, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and artificial habitats. The broad multi-disciplinary approach typical of the projects he participates to, allowed him to work on a variety of topics and a broad range of techniques, including descriptive and experimental spatial-temporal surveys and monitoring, fisheries biology and management, data analysis and modelling, reporting (MBES, EIA, Management Plans), UAV and ROV data acquisition, GIS habitat mapping and planning, morphometric and fractals analysis, 3D modelling, and others for commercial and research projects.

Emily Gambino

Marine / Fisheries Biologist. Emily has an MSc and BSc in Marine Biology from Bangor University (Wales, UK) and 3 years’ experience. She specialises in tropical coral reef fish ecology, MPAs (particularly in the Caribbean and Mediterranean), intertidal ecology (rocky shores, marshlands, seagrass beds), but has broader knowledge and experience in a multitude of marine habitats.

She has a breadth of experience in laboratory practices as lab technician and university demonstrator in the Schools of Ocean Sciences, Biological Sciences, Medical Science, and Geological Sciences at Bangor University, Wales. Her work in the Mediterranean focusses on project management and execution for habitat mapping in MPAs, ESIAs, extracting and processing otoliths and ageing fish species along with gonad maturity, fisheries management, water and sediment contamination assessments, and microplastics assessments.

Imane Haddi

Imane Haddi is a Marine/Fisheries Biologist with a Ph.D. in Marine and Fisheries Resources Management. She possesses experience in marine and fisheries research, having contributed to various projects. Notably, she managed biology and ecology of sea cucumber and participated in assessing and identifying pelagic and demersal stocks in the Moroccan Atlantic waters. Dr. Haddi has also served as an independent fisheries consultant in the UK and currently holds the position of Marine/Fisheries Biologist at AquaBioTech Group.

Her work centres on sustainable fisheries management, stock assessments, age determination studies, and involvement in the ICCAT sampling program for Bluefin Tuna. Her skills encompass comprehensive data collection on boats, as well as proficiency in otolith and tissue sample extraction, and conducting landing surveys. She has made substantial contributions to EU fisheries projects such as EUFish_SustainableGrowth and FishEUTrust, providing vital support through fish sample collection, biometric measurements, and collecting tissue samples. Imane’s capabilities extend to performing in-depth data and statistical analysis, GIS mapping, and report writing. Beyond her research expertise, she actively engages in promoting business interests by writing proposals, submitting tenders, and networking with stakeholders.

Justin Galea

Justin Galea has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Malta and an MSc in Marine Environmental Protection from Bangor University in Wales. His studies focused on marine biology with an emphasis on fisheries management, environmental impact assessments, coastal zone management, and statistical analysis of ecological communities.

He has experience in both coastal and offshore biological surveying and is a licensed commercial boat driver. At AquaBioTech Group, he is part of the fisheries department and works on local fisheries stock assessments, age and maturity determination studies, ICCAT tuna research, and EU projects assessing the effectiveness of fisheries management measures.