|MARPRO - Conservation of marine protected species in Mainland Portugal|
Programme - LIFE
Execution dates - 2011-01-01 - 2015-12-31 (60 Months)
Funding Entity - Comissão Europeia
Total Funding - 2773032 €
Proponent Institution - Universidade de Aveiro
Universidade do Minho
For cetacean and seabird species it is necessary to define future areas of conservation within the Portuguese EEZ. Research data highlighted the Portuguese continental platform as an important oceanographic area interconnecting the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and subtropical areas.
Furthermore, for some species of cetaceans (harbour porpoise, bottlenose dolphin and common dolphin) and seabirds (gannet, guillemot and shearwaters) the direct competition with fisheries for commercial fishes in coastal waters is a reality. Joining efforts with the fishing sector is fundamental to the management and long-term conservation of cetaceans and seabirds, by applying bycatch mitigation measures, and ultimately contributing to the definition of marine Natura 2000 Network sites.
The project MARPRO is co-financed by the LIFE programme as a result of a partnership between the Aveiro University, Minho University, SPEA, IPIMAR e ICNB