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PROYECTO M.A.R.E.S.

Recovery of the sub-tidal ecosystem in "El Puertito de Adeje" bay

Thanks to the efforts of PROYECTO M.A.R.E.S., the algal cover has recovered in Tenerife's El Puertito de Adeje Bay. This has encouraged the return of many species, such as the green turtle (pictured).
Asociación Canaria por un Océano Sostenible
Puertito Adeje hosts one of the only 4-5 juvenile green turtle colonies in Europe and is commonly visited by angel shark.
Proyecto M.A.R.E.S.
The Sustainable Oceans Alliance, a global NGO, is collaborating with a local dive centre to restore the balance of the marine ecosystem in the bay.
Pryecto M.A.R.E.S.

PROYECTO M.A.R.E.S. (Manejo de Áreas Reservadas y Ecosistemas para la Sostenibilidad – Reserved Areas Management and Ecosystems for Sustainability) is based on the recovery of the subtidal ecosystem in “El Puertito de Adeje” bay. The Sustainable Ocean Association in collaboration with a local dive center have recovered the balance of the original marine ecosystem thanks to the elimination and control of a sea urchin population.

Project: PROYECTO M.A.R.E.S.
Region: El Puertito de Adeje, Tenerife
Type of protection: Marine stewardship
Keystone species: Sargassum spp.; Cymodocea nodosa
Type of project: Large-scale rehabilitations of natural processes, including herbivores, carnivores and/or scavengers being present, Pilot projects focusing on supporting key wildlife species being present in more natural densities, showing their role in the ecosystem, Projects based on a stewardship anchored in respect for land, water, and all living things, with a management striving to support natural processes and utilize nature’s own mechanism
Aim and vision: Encourage, support and conduct environmental education. Promote, support and carry out research and conservation projects. Collaborate with public administrations and companies linked to the marine environment.
The microreserve is based on the sustainable management of a concession in the public domain and uses the model of terrestrial stewardship transferred to the marine environment created to regenerate the ecosystem and use of resources in order to serve the longest possible term.
Uniqueness of the project: Puertito Adeje hosts one of the only 4-5 juvenile green turtle colonies in Europe and is commonly visited by angel shark, a CR species. El Puertito is the first marine microreserve in Spain trying to use the concession of the marine public domain to establish a stewardship project.
Other activities: Community involved, Education, Research
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on:
Put in place a public concession to control the uses of the area;
Increase the protected area to the adjacent bay;
Establish a classroom/interpretation centre in the fishermen village;
Improve the protection of the endangered species, specially the green turtles.
Results so far:
• 12 underwater video conferences with education centers throughout Spain (maximum of 120 education centers).
• 3 responsible diving workshops
• 20 weeks Honu project involving between 20 and 50 education centers in weekly observation activities
• Development of a Geographic Information System for Puertito Bay
• Weekly transects for sampling the evolution of populations of algae and fish stocks
• Discover program with scientific activities (tablet frequency sighting key species)
• Control populations of sea urchin (Diadema antillarum)
• Designing a system of food supplementation for benthic elasmobranchii
Inspirational value: The project would inspire other Scuba Diving companies and local communities to replicate the model and create new microreserves around the coast.<br />
Experience you would like to share: Work on respect for the species, waste control, control of cruise ships, overfishing and other violations of civil and social behavior of the marine environment, awareness of the importance of the project.
Experience you would like to gain: Develop a new perspective in the public concession of marine areas in Spain in order to promote non commercial concessions aimed in the conservation of the coastal ecosystems.
Map
Country
Spain
Start year
Underwater works in 2005, association in 2009
Size (ha)
10
Area type
Marine: coastal
PROYECTO M.A.R.E.S.
Thanks to the efforts of PROYECTO M.A.R.E.S., the algal cover has recovered in Tenerife's El Puertito de Adeje Bay. This has encouraged the return of many species, such as the green turtle (pictured).
Asociación Canaria por un Océano Sostenible
Puertito Adeje hosts one of the only 4-5 juvenile green turtle colonies in Europe and is commonly visited by angel shark.
Proyecto M.A.R.E.S.
The Sustainable Oceans Alliance, a global NGO, is collaborating with a local dive centre to restore the balance of the marine ecosystem in the bay.
Pryecto M.A.R.E.S.

PROYECTO M.A.R.E.S. (Manejo de Áreas Reservadas y Ecosistemas para la Sostenibilidad – Reserved Areas Management and Ecosystems for Sustainability) is based on the recovery of the subtidal ecosystem in “El Puertito de Adeje” bay. The Sustainable Ocean Association in collaboration with a local dive center have recovered the balance of the original marine ecosystem thanks to the elimination and control of a sea urchin population.

Map
Country
Spain
Start year
Underwater works in 2005, association in 2009
Size (ha)
10
Area type
Marine: coastal
Specification
Project: PROYECTO M.A.R.E.S.
Region: El Puertito de Adeje, Tenerife
Type of protection: Marine stewardship
Keystone species: Sargassum spp.; Cymodocea nodosa
Description
Type of project: Large-scale rehabilitations of natural processes, including herbivores, carnivores and/or scavengers being present, Pilot projects focusing on supporting key wildlife species being present in more natural densities, showing their role in the ecosystem, Projects based on a stewardship anchored in respect for land, water, and all living things, with a management striving to support natural processes and utilize nature’s own mechanism
Aim and vision: Encourage, support and conduct environmental education. Promote, support and carry out research and conservation projects. Collaborate with public administrations and companies linked to the marine environment.
The microreserve is based on the sustainable management of a concession in the public domain and uses the model of terrestrial stewardship transferred to the marine environment created to regenerate the ecosystem and use of resources in order to serve the longest possible term.
Uniqueness of the project: Puertito Adeje hosts one of the only 4-5 juvenile green turtle colonies in Europe and is commonly visited by angel shark, a CR species. El Puertito is the first marine microreserve in Spain trying to use the concession of the marine public domain to establish a stewardship project.
Other activities: Community involved, Education, Research
Achievements
Results you aim to accomplish in 10 years from now on:
Put in place a public concession to control the uses of the area;
Increase the protected area to the adjacent bay;
Establish a classroom/interpretation centre in the fishermen village;
Improve the protection of the endangered species, specially the green turtles.
Results so far:
• 12 underwater video conferences with education centers throughout Spain (maximum of 120 education centers).
• 3 responsible diving workshops
• 20 weeks Honu project involving between 20 and 50 education centers in weekly observation activities
• Development of a Geographic Information System for Puertito Bay
• Weekly transects for sampling the evolution of populations of algae and fish stocks
• Discover program with scientific activities (tablet frequency sighting key species)
• Control populations of sea urchin (Diadema antillarum)
• Designing a system of food supplementation for benthic elasmobranchii
Exchange
Inspirational value: The project would inspire other Scuba Diving companies and local communities to replicate the model and create new microreserves around the coast.<br />
Experience you would like to share: Work on respect for the species, waste control, control of cruise ships, overfishing and other violations of civil and social behavior of the marine environment, awareness of the importance of the project.
Experience you would like to gain: Develop a new perspective in the public concession of marine areas in Spain in order to promote non commercial concessions aimed in the conservation of the coastal ecosystems.
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