GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

The marine protected areas and deep waters around the Balearic Islands are home to a unique coastal and marine ecosystem. It has recently been included as one of the Hope Spots of the Mission Blue initiative. This outstanding area of biodiversity deserves to be managed and protected and will be our core project from 2016 to 2020. We have three main research objectives:

1. Identify and assess risk factors for endangered species

2. Develop and test technologies to help mitigate these risks

3. Provide data and maps for the management of marine protected areas

Our tried and tested “Alboran Formula” for conservation can help us maximise the impact of marine protected areas and help coastal communities gain resilience and quality of life. See a full list of our upcoming projects below, click on the photo for more information. 

 

CURRENT projects

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WORKING WITH FISHERMEN AS STEWARDS OF BIODIVERSITY

To help conserve biodiversity in our fishing sector, we believe it’s important to empower fishermen with positive leadership skills and to share our knowledge of marine science with them. We set up a pioneering training program to eradicate illegal and unregulated fishing activities. This is now being used across the globe.

TRACKING OPEN WATER SPECIES

Our research efforts to conserve the loggerhead sea turtles span across oceans and countries- we're dedicated to work with governments, fishermen and wildlife services to help protect the species. However, our favourite colleagues are the turtles themselves, who turn into oceanographers as their satellite tags give us a unique data set of their habits and lifestyle.

 

EDUCATION AND SCHOOLS

During the summer we run a PIRATES program for kids and families, raising awareness about marine debris and ocean science. During the school year, we will be reaching out to schools around Spain about key conservation issues.

SPECIES SURVEYS AND MARINE DEBRIS TRACKING

To successfully manage and protect the biodiversity around the Balearic basin, we carry out consistent surveying and monitoring of whales, dolphins, sea turtles, tuna and seabirds. We are also currently investigating microplastic particles in the Mediterranean.

CITIZEN SCIENCE AND UNIVERSITY PROJECTS

Our citizen-science program is a great chance to learn about marine science while giving back to a worthwhile cause. Our courses can fit the needs of students and graduates, in marine biology and oceanography, providing field experience and university credit

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SUSTAINABLE FISHING IN DJIBOUTI 

Collaborating with outlying communities to teach sustainable fishing practices

 

Long-term goals

Our target beyond 2020 is to replicate our successful conservation formulas around the world, focusing on sites that are at risk of losing precious biodiversity. We want to take our knowledge to the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans. Collaborating with the Spanish long distance tuna fleet and establishing bridges of cooperation with seven coastal communities in order to work together to find solutions for the sustainability of fisheries and thereby gain resilience in facing the main challenges of our oceans today. With the support of our partners, collaborators and volunteer citizen-scientists, we can make a real change in the Mediterranean and beyond. None of our research would be possible without our partners and associates:

ASHOKA, NOAA, NMFS, SOCIB, KAI Marine, USFWS and IFREMER, EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive, General Fisheries Council of the Mediterranean, ACCOBAMS