Alnitak Research Institute is a Spanish non-profit organisation that combines a passion for cultural maritime heritage with a strong will to preserve the Oceans. In 1989 Alnitak restored the historical fishing boat Toftevaag with the purpose of developing science and education programs. Above all it is a platform to bring people of all kind together to work on common goals. At present, we sail the Mediterranean Sea conducting different projects and citizenscience expeditions.
This is our programme engaging fishers, navigators and the general public in the conservation of the marine environment and more specifically the management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). The core of this programme is to provide a scientific foundation for management. This is achieved by Alnitak’s expeditions on board the Toftevaag, the satellite telemetry analysis of NOAA and ICTS SOCIB, and data obtained from collaborating fishers and navigators.
The main focus of this project is mitigating the negative impacts on marine diversity derived from fishing, maritime traffic (noise and vessel strikes), marine litter and toxic pollution. The project uses the loggerhead turtle as an umbrella species for addressing the conservation of the open ocean ecosystem.