The Professor Luiz Saldanha Marine Park, created 18 years ago to protect more than 1,500 species of plants and animals, was awarded today the Prize Mare Natura 2016 as a “success” in protecting marine life.
The jury recognized the marine park as an “example of excellence in terms of conservation and management of a marine protected area,” according to a statement from the consultant PwC Portugal (member of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited), an entity that organized this award.
With its 52 square kilometers, the marine park works to protect “this privileged place for the birth, growth and refuge for many species of fish,” he adds. For this, focus on monitoring and control of fishing effort and planning of recreational activities.
“No significant losses in the profitability of fishing and a growing demand of visitors framed in sustainable ways nature tourism, this pioneering project is a winning bet in the region and the country,” the jury, chaired by Miguel Marques.
The Marine Park Professor Luiz Saldanha.
Located along the south coast of the Setúbal peninsula, between the Capuchin Convent and Cabo Espichel.
About 52 square kilometers of extension. Created in 1998 as part of the Arrábida Natural Park. The name is dedicated to Luiz Saldanha, a biologist who studied this coastal zone. The major conservation projects taking place in the marine park is the recovery of seagrass beds, which depend on species such as seahorses, cuttlefish, skate, sole and spider crab.