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BLUE AZORES PROGRAM CONCLUDES MAPPING OF OCEAN USES IN THE FIRST THREE ISLANDS OF THE ARCHIPELAGO

The Blue Azores program concluded the Ocean Use Mapping process on the islands of Corvo, Flores and Santa Maria, receiving 495 survey responses, representing the use of the ocean by close to 1,100 people who shared their knowledge of the Azores Sea.

In these three islands, and over three weeks, participants were invited to indicate and classify by degree of importance the areas of the ocean that they use and value the most, such as areas for fishing or recreational activities.

This initiative is carried out under the Blue Azores Program, a program focused on the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources, which aims to protect 30% of the Azores sea through Protected Marine Areas. The results of this process will then be used to define the Marine Protected Areas of the Azores.

The information obtained in this survey will complement and deepen the existing scientific data, helping to fill gaps related to the activities that take place in the coastal areas of the archipelago.

The information collected by the survey will be transferred to maps, island by island, which will indicate the most important areas for fisheries, but also the maritime areas considered to be tourist or reserved for recreational activities.

The information collected by the survey will be transferred to maps, island by island, which will indicate the most important areas for fisheries, but also the maritime areas considered to be tourist or reserved for recreational activities.

Source: NO Revista