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Proposal in the Alboran Sea - Virginie Tilot-de Grissac

Proposal in the Alboran Sea - Virginie Tilot-de Grissac

Thursday, 27. June 2013 - 14:00

Following a conference I gave at the rotary club of Benalmadena-Torremolinos,I have been requested to propose a project at sea which would apply the concept of marine spatial management that I have exposed.   The objective of this pilot project would be to set up a common action at sea with the perspective of building the basis of marine spatial management and produce sustainable outputs.
 I propose a pilot site in Alboran Sea which is still hardly known, an area where governance is lacking whilst several management issues arise.. This site would be in Moroccon, Spanish and international waters, it would include hardly known habitats and faunal communities, the canyon of Ceuta, seamounts and the proximate mud volcanoes where hydrocarbon is exploited (Repsol). It is in the area of the banks of Tofono, Xauen and Provenceaux, mud volcanoes Dhaka, Maya, Mulhacen, Carmen..This area  is poorly known and where permits are hard to get as the collaboration with Morocco is not easy in regards to the geographical situation and conflicting human activities in the area (fisheries, natural resource exploitation and other management issues such as problems of pollution, shipping hazards, loss of biodiversity and non cooperation in the management of open seas.. )
Biodiversity is assessed to be high as it is proximate to Gibraltar straits, on the cusp of Atlantic and Mediterranean waters. Migratory species, in particular marine mammals (whales, dolphins..)and commercially interesting fish are common in this feeding and breeding area.
With the american oceanographic vessel, "Oceana", based in Baleares this summer, we would propose to take videos, photos, samples with a remote oceanographic vessel (ROV) and make a rapid assessment of these habitats and faunal communities with a series of recommendations for managing the sites and proposing guidelines for governance. The work at sea would be assessed to take approximately 7 days. All outputs would be produced at the end of the mission. Collborations with Universities, fishing companies and with the different actors involved in the area from both countries is planned.

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