Publicado por: pongpesca | 2013/05/17

How can tourism play an important role in Portuguese seabird conservation?

How can tourism play an important role in Portuguese seabird conservation?“Since January, the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA; BirdLife in Portugal), together with Marlin Boat Tours are performing a monitoring scheme of birds at sea.

At Cabo Raso Marine Important Bird Area (IBA) located west of Lisbon, at the Berlengas Island IBA northwest of Lisbon or during a 5-6 days trip along the coast line, tourists have the opportunity to enjoy a bird watching adventure and give their contribution to the monitoring of several seabirds, including breeders, winters or migrants species. Such data is crucial to assess the number of seabirds that are currently frequenting Portuguese coastal waters and identify main factors that are affecting seabird survival. For instance, recent data identifies Portuguese waters as the most important wintering area to the critically endangered Balearic Shearwater. However, another recent study raises concerns in terms of by-catch in the fisheries industry. This highlights the need to implement a proper seabird monitoring scheme.”

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Fonte: BirdLife International – 16 de maio de 2013


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