Oceanário de Lisboa and the Oceano Azul Foundation present the 3rd edition of the Ocean Conservation FUND. This edition is based on the theme of “Marine Invertebrates. Protect the ocean, the future of the Planet” and it is a 150,000-euro fund to support projects that contribute to the conservation of marine invertebrates species.
We are proud to present this year’s winners, the Selvagens LImpet project, COACH and DEEPbaseline, with each of their projects contributing to the conservation, education and knowledge of critical marine invertebrate species.
Of the 16 valid applications, the jury of national and international conservation experts selected the projects
| DEEPbaseline dedicated to the conservation of deep corals and sponges, all along the coast of mainland Portugal
| COACH which intends to create a cockle cooperative in the Ria de Aveiro dedicated to the conservation and management of cockles
| The Selvagens’ LImpet Project whose objective is to decipher, through genetic studies, whether the Selvagens Giant Lapa is unique to these islands, and define conservation strategies for this species.
We know that about 97% of the total number of species of animals currently on Earth are invertebrates. However, it is estimated that only 10% of these species are known.
Invertebrates are key populations in all ecosystems on the planet, particularly in marine ecosystems. This large group of animals, not very often taken into consideration in conservation efforts, includes a lot of species with severe conservation problems related to human activity, such as fishing and harvesting, habitat destruction, climate change and pollution among many others.