collaborative project is studying the feasibility and effectiveness
protected areas for highly-mobile marine vertebrates in the Alborán Sea,
a dynamic pelagic ecosystem in the Western Mediterranean.
has been identified as a candidate for
'special area of conservation' (SAC)
and 'important bird area' (IBA)
designation due to the occurrence of protected
seabirds, cetaceans and turtles.
marine vertebrates share the Alborán Sea with many human activities
including recreation, shipping, military exercises and fisheries.