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Information: Regional Government promotes three workshops on maritime spatial planning in the Azores
In the context of the MarSP project - Macaronesian Maritime Spatial Planning, the Regional Directorate for Sea Affairs promotes three workshops on maritime spatial planning in the Azores on May 17. These meetings, which will take place simultaneously in the cities of Lagoa, Angra do Heroísmo and Horta, aim to present this process at regional level, putting it to discussion and public partici... more >>

Information: 70 bathing waters approved in the Azores for 2018
The ordinance approving the official list containing bathing and coastal waters of the Azores for 2018 and the respective bathing seasons was published today in the Official Journal. The archipelago has 70 bathing waters approved for this year, the same as in 2017. The bathing season varies from place to place, starting between June 1 and July 1 and ending between August 31 and October 14. The isl... more >>

Information: Half a thousand students from Pico and Faial aware of lifesavers' importance
The Regional Director for Sea Affairs highlighted the organisation of seven awareness-raising session with secondary students from Pico and Faial to "disseminate the importance of lifesavers for bathing safety" as well as the need for specific training in this activity. Filipe Porteiro emphasised that people qualified as lifesavers provide a "relevant service" in regional bathing areas. They "pro... more >>

Information: Regional Government launches awareness campaign to prevent waste produced on board from being disposed at sea
The Regional Government, through the Regional Directorates for Sea Affairs and Fisheries, in partnership with the Portuguese Navy and the National Maritime Authority is promoting an awareness campaign to ensure that seafarers operating in the Azores take measures for the management of waste produced on board vessels to prevent from being disposed at sea. During this month, an environmental message... more >>

Information:  European project strengthens position of Macaronesian regions in maritime spatial planning
The Regional Director for Sea Affairs in Horta praised today the "cooperation capacity" among regional entities of the outermost regions of Macaronesia regarding the "coordination and implementation of European projects." Filipe Porteiro spoke on behalf of the Regional Secretary for the Sea, Science and Technology at the opening session of the initial meeting of the European project "Macaronesian ... more >>

Information: Azorean bathing waters under public consultation until January 31
The list of coastal bathing waters to be identified in the Azores in 2018 is under public consultation until January 31 next year, according to the regional legislation. Citizens will have the opportunity to express their views on the proposal by submitting their opinions, suggestions and comments. For the Regional Director for Sea Affairs, "the identification of bathing water is a guarantee of q... more >>

Information: SOS Cory's Shearwater campaign extended until November 22
The Regional Directorate for Sea Affairs has decided to extend the SOS Corey's Shearwater campaign, annually held from October 15 to November 15, due to the late departure of juveniles from the nests. "Although 2017 is a year with a relatively low number of rescues, occurrences of bird falls continue to be reported by Island Natural Parks, which means that some specimens may still be in their ne... more >>

Information: Regional Directorate for Sea Affairs promoted debate on coastal beach areas and bathing waters
The Regional Directorate for Sea Affairs promoted this week the third regional meeting of coastal beach areas and bathing waters with two sessions that took place on the islands of Terceira and São Miguel. This technical meeting was intended to assess the 2017 bathing season. It discussed several topics that are essential to the preparation of the next year's bathing season, with special emp... more >>

Information: Regional Director for Sea Affairs highlights importance of studies to know the impact of deep-sea mining
The Regional Director for Sea Affairs highlighted in Horta the importance of scientific knowledge on the deep sea produced by regional research teams. According to him, it "supports the political decision-making processes and the definition of policies promoting the sustainability of human activities as well as the processes to mitigate the effects of climate change." Filipe Porteiro spoke on the... more >>

Information: SOS Cory's Shearwater Campaign 2017 campaign runs in the Azores until November 15
The SOS Cory's Shearwater Campaign 2017 has already started on all islands of the Azores. This initiative has been held on annual basis since 1995. It aims to ensure the conservation of these iconic seabirds and promote public participation environmental awareness raising actions. During the months of October and November, juvenile specimens begin to leave their nests. When attracted by strong a... more >>

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