Searching for Seahorses: Conservation efforts in Portugal to find and protect European SeahorsesLatest update March 20, 2019 Started on January 23, 2019
A quest for mapping and identifying the two Seahorse species present in Portugal.
We are currently preparing the list of potential candidates to join our project. There are many schools that are already interested and willing to engage! Each collaborator will set a long-term monitoring program that will help to expand the knowledge of the seahorse populations in Portugal, as well as habitat use. This information will allow to set proper management plans to protect these very charismatic and unusual fishes.
Looking forward to take advantage of the OpenROV Trident capabilities to add more information on seahorse habitat!
Following great interest in the Seahorse Homeland expedition, also present here at Open Explorer, we're spreading the geographic boundaries of an initial local project into a full grown data gathering national expedition in order to be able to classify the Mediterranean Seahorse species present in the IUCN Red List, as up until now they have a status of "Data Deficient".
Added to the habitat monitoring and mapping using the filming capabilities of the OpenROV Trident underwater drone, we're attaching water quality environmental sensors in order to gather the most data possible.
We're also developing contacts with national and international schools in order to live stream our dives into classrooms and interested parties.
This is a joint expedition of citizen scientists, renowned investigators and the Portuguese associated branch of WWF - World Wildlife Fund.
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