Within the framework of the CAMONMAR2 project led by the University of Alicante in collaboration with the University of Murcia Institute for Water Management and the Environment
Images of the results presentation meeting held at the UMU
Calderón. Author: Rosa Canales
Alicante, Wednesday 30 January 2019
One of the keys to improving knowledge about the system and the species in the Tiñoso Cape area and the underwater valleys of the Mazarrón Scarp (CTEM) has been the creation of the first freely accessible Geographic Information System (GIS). This has been explained by University of Alicante (UA) researcher Francisca Giménez at the presentation of the project CAMONMAR2 results held today at the University of Murcia (UMU).
Led by the University of Alicante, in collaboration with the UMU Institute for Water Management and the Environment, this research project has improved the information and management of CTEM, an area of high ecological and environmental value in which activities such as tourism, nautical, professional and recreational fishing, ports and transport, agriculture, shipbuilding, oil and gas, and military manoeuvres coexist.
The GIS is the first result of an intense year of work from January 2018 to 2011. The study contains all the scientific knowledge about this area: species sighting, geology, bathymetries and water temperature. The project CAMONMAR3, endowed with €153,000 is intended to further, is intended to complete the study so far.
Other than compiling information and holding around fifteen bilateral meetings, the researchers have analysed, together with experts and institutions such as the Spanish Navy, the Cartagena Port Authority, Maritime Rescue, among many others, the impacts and management in an area that has been acquiring different protection purposes in recent years. Part of the submerged coastal strip of the Murcia Region, a Site of Community Importance (SCI), and Special Protection Area (SPA) of the marine area of the Murcia coastal islets, as well as the SPA Island of Las Palomas, the Special Area of Conservation (SAC) of the submerged valleys of the Mazarrón escarpment" and the Tiñoso Cape Marine Reserve converge here, explains the project director.
Another of the fundamental issues of CAMONMAR2 has been to determine this area as a 'hot spot' for different species of cetaceans. Not only sperm whales were hanging around the Tiñoso Cape and Mazarrón Scarp. According to Francisca Giménez, they have also found two species of finback whales (common and white-winged), common dolphins, striped and bottlenose dolphins, common and grey pilot whales, as well as moonfish and loggerhead turtles.
With almost 900 participants, the CAMONMAR2 project has aroused great interest in the general population thanks to the workshops, film forum, theatre and 9 walking and snorkelling tours to improve knowledge and conservation organised by the team of researchers throughout 2018. These tours highlight the natural, historical and social highly valuable richness of the Mazarrón Port, Isla Plana and La Azohía, making the elements of protection in the area public, with special attention to the Tiñoso Cape Marine Reserve for fishing purposes.
The tours, together with a glossary of cetaceans, seabirds, marine remains, vegetation, fishing gear, etc, are available in a guide for the interpretation of the coastal and submerged natural heritage of the Murcia region southeast, also designed within the framework of the CAMONMAR2 project. This guide includes maps, illustrations of several species and a section dedicated to good environmental practices that must be taken into consideration during visits in order to use natural spaces responsibly during the activities of interaction with the environment. This guide is available at [ ]the University of Alicante Institutional Repository (RUA): http://hdl.handle.net/10045/87087
The CAMONMAR2 project: (on the Bases for Spatial Planning of the Tiñoso Cape Marine Area and underwater valleys of Mazarrón Scarp) has benefited from the work of researchers Francisca Giménez, Isabel Abel, Rosa Canales and M. Francisca Carreño, from the University of Alicante Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology and Francisco Gomariz y Francisco Alonso, from the University of Murcia Institute for Water Management and the Environment.
CAMONMAR2 has been supported by the Ministry for Ecological Transition Biodiversity Foundation, through the Programa PLEAMAR from the European Maritime and Fishing Fund (FEMP). It is also part of the LIFE IP INTEMARES project, on an integrated, innovative and participatory management of the Natura 2000 Network in the Spanish marine environment, coordinated by the Ministry through its Biodiversity Foundation.
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