Almancil International Rotary Club is seeking donations for seahorses conservation project
The seahorses in the Ria Formosa are under threat. In 2001 the Ria Formosa had the largest seahorse population in the world. Nowadays, studies carried out by CCMAR-Algarve researchers reveal a decrease of more than 90% of this population. Among the several causes that endanger these animals are the degradation of their habitat, illegal harvesting and accidental fishing.
To tackle this problem, CCMAR-Algarve in partnership with the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF), is promoting the establishment of two protected marine conservation areas for seahorses in Ria Formosa. In these areas will be installed new buoyage and signage, as well as barriers to prevent the entry of boats and any human activity. To implement these conservation measures is expected to cost around 75,000 euros.
The Almancil International Rotary Club (AIRC), a partner of CCMAR-Algarve and ICNF, is seeking donations from anyone interested in contributing to ensure the implementation of measures for the seahorse protection areas. The ongoing maintenance and monitoring of these areas will be guaranteed by CCMAR-Algarve researchers and the ICNF.
To contribute with a donation for seahorses conservation, you can access the bank details provided by the Almancil International Rotary Club HERE.