Shark Conservation in Southern Portugal
This project aimes to evaluate the socio-economic value of shark ecotourism in Algarve (Portugal). So far, Algarve shows a great potential for shark-diving and there is substantial public interest in this activity, which can be used for public education and raising awareness on shark conservation.
Why this is important:
Shark Ecotourism could generate significant income to the region and change population and authorities’ attitude towards sharks. There is a need educate people, to promote consumer awareness on shark conservation, as well as to divulge the project and disseminate its results on a national scale, by producing promotional, educational and awareness materials (website, posters, video documentary, expositions, reports, lectures in schools/universities, etc.).
This project gathers a multidisciplininary team of experts in diferent areas, such as shark research and conservation, marine ecotourism, scientific and environmental communicaton, as well as public participation in science, with the proper logistics and scientifical support.
The funding from Save Our Seas allows this team to perform a series of actions, both in field as in the education and awareness of diferent targets, and contribute to a large media coverage and interest for shark conservation. The team also think that it be able to bring local public tourism bureau and tourism companies to join the project and contribute to its goals.
This project is a combination of education, economical benefits for local comunities, increase in local knowledge on shark ecology, conservation and change towards a better and more sustained use of marine resourses with possible repercursions in several EU coutries.
Aims and Objectives
The general aim is to make the Portuguese Algarve a “Shark Friendly Region”. Individual objectives include:
- To emphasise the potencial of shark diving as a ecotourism product in the region
- Reduce shark consumption in the region at diferent levels (locals & tourists)
- Involve public and private entities in shark conservation and its economical benefits to the region
- Acquire further knowledge on shark ecology in the region
- Educate locals and tourists towards shark importance and conservation
- Promote Algarve eco-tourism through the valorization of shark diving and shark conservation associated products
João Correia/Catarina Ferreira
APECE, Gobius Comunicação e Ciência, Ecoceanus Science and Ecotourism
Working together with science museums and local schools in the Algarve, WE LIKE SHARKS educational activities are raising awareness towards sharks’ conservation and their economic and ecological values. Our blue shark “Tintas” conveyed to the younger ones our message: A…
Around 6h30m in the morning team WE LIKE SHARKS is prepared for another day out in the sea. It is essential to leave early and arrive on time to the Portimão submarine canyon, about 12 miles away from the coast.…
One of the WE LIKE SHARKS goals is to raise awareness towards sharks’ sustainable consumption in the Algarve. During August, thanks to Portimão Urbis and the Municipality of Portimão, we had the opportunity to be present in one of the…
Algarve seems to show a great potential for shark ecotourism as an economic alternative to fishing! Thus, WE LIKE SHARKS aims to contribute to sharks conservation in the Algarve, by studying the viability of this kind of tourism (shark watching…
Not many Portuguese are aware of our sharks and what is happening with them! WE LIKE SHARKS mission is working towards Algarve becoming a shark friendly zone. One of our first challenges is to change the negative perceptions people have…