For cetacean and seabird species it is necessary to define future areas of conservation within the Portuguese EEZ. Research data highlighted the Portuguese platform as an important oceanographic area interconnecting the North Atlantic, Mediterranean and subtropical areas.
Furthermore, for some species of cetaceans (harbour porpoise, bottlenose dolphin and common dolphin) and seabirds (gannet, guillemot and shearwaters) the direct competition for commercial fishes in coastal waters ofthe continental shelf is a reality. Joining efforts with the fishing sector is fundamental to the management and long-term conservation of cetaceans and seabirds, and ultimately it will contribute to the definition of offshore Natura 2000 Network sites.
The LIFE+ MarPro Workshop: Natura 2000 sites and fisheries focused on the definition of conservation objectives for marine Natura 2000 sites and the incorporation of fisheries on management plans.
National and international experts presented several relevant case studies in order discuss important issues and solutions, as well as summarize future strategies. Debate sessions, open to all participants, will be organized. All the event information is available at the LIFE+ MarPro Workshop: Natura 2000 sites and fisheries website