You can now consult the 3rd NAUTICOM Newsletter (in Spanish), by clicking on this link and on the project website. It is a semi-annual publication, developed with the aim of supporting the establishment of the NAUTICOM network, which seeks to promote strategic alliances in the nautical sector. This third newsletter corresponds to the first semester of July 2019 and collects news and events of interest to partner entities, representatives and companies in the nautical sector.
The process to update the management plans of the 24 Marine Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) of the Canary Islands continues with participatory workshops on the different islands. In May, we attended to the worskhop celebrated in La Palma, organized by the Biodiversity Fundation, that covered specifically the SACs of the Marine Area of Fuencaliente, and the Garafia Coastal Area. Both of these areas were the subject of study of this groups with the MARMAC Project a few years ago. On July, it was the turn for the SACs in Gran Canaria.
The Life IP Intemares project aims to achieve a network of marine spaces of the Natura 2000 Network managed in an effective and integrated way, with the active participation of the sectors involved and research as basic tools for the taking of decisions.
Thus, from the Research Group on Technologies, Management and Environmental Biogeochemistry we participate by providing our relevant knowledge about the sources of pollution both coastal and marine, indicators and recommendations for a good follow-up and some experiences in planning uses in protected spaces.
In particular, the SACs of the Costa de Sardina del Norte, Bahía del Confital, La Isleta, Playa del Cabrón, and Bahía de Gando were addressed, being the main impacts identified and with a greater degree of agreement related to the need for protection of species such as the angelshark, recently declared as endangered, and emphasizing the need to incorporate restrictions on navigation that minimize collision impacts on cetacean populations. Another not minor issue that was discussed at the workshop was the need to control and regulate, with more specific criteria, the different discharges that occur to the sea, both from land (effluents of treatment plants and desalination plants) and from the ships.
The Faculty of Marine Sciences (FCM) of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) joined the celebration of World Ocean’s Day, organizing the Informative Day: “For a Plastic Free Faculty” last Friday, June 7th.
A number of associations and initiatives participated in the Informative Day sharing a common concern: the environmental threat posed by single-use plastics. As such, several actions and initiatives were presented with the aim of raising awareness and unveiling local alternatives for change.
The Microtrophic and MARCET projects, both developed by ULPGC research groups that work with on microplastic research, were also presented as part of the day. On the latter, the work carried out by the research group in Technologies, Management and Environmental Biogeochemistry was briefly explained, in collaboration with the Institute of Animal Health and Food Safety (IUSA), and other entities in the Macaronesian Region, such as the Museu da Baleia and SailingLivingLab.
Photographs of Ethel Bartrán (“Vigilia to the Ocean”) and Carlos Reyes and Teo Lucas were exhibited in the entrance hall of the faculty. In addition, the children’s book “Si lo peces hablaran” by Sandra Santa Cruz, as well as the project “Conscious Diving”, from the Buceo Norte Diving Centre, were presented.
The documentary ‘Hondar 2050: Our Waste, Our Problem‘, an independent medium film of the director Cesare Maglioni on marine litter on the Basque coast was presented by the NGO Muévete por el Clima. After the screening, a series of brief “anti-plastic pollution” initiatives were presented, all of them based in the Canary Islands. The action through activism was presented by the NGO Ecologistas en Acción, and some alternatives to single-use plastic were proposed by Oceanográfica and Latitud Azul. Finally, plastic cleaning and recovery actions, were presented by the Canary Islands platforms Canarias Libre de Plásticos and Precious Plastic Canarias.
Thanks to the support of the Vicecouncil of the Environment of the Government of the Canary Islands and the University’s Sustainability Office, reusable bottles were delivered to everyone of the attendees, who enjoyed a vegan snack prepared with local and plastic-free products, by Vegamundo.