A final press conference has been offered today in order to present the main results of “ACUSQUAT Project: Acoustic behavioural monitoring of the Angelshark (Squatina squatina) in critical conservation areas”, which counts on the financial support from the Spanish Ministry for the Ecological Transition through its Biodiversity Foundation. After 18 months of work, the project will officially finish on the next 30th June although some activities, like data recording, will continue over the next months.
ACUSQUAT has fulfilled all of the initial objectives, even improving them in most of the cases. As a result, important coastal sites have been monitored in Gran Canaria (including 4 beaches of high touristic demand) and more than 300 ha of the marine Natura 2000 Network. A total of 15 adult Angelsharks have been tagged and then monitored with both, fixed receivers (3 have been installed on existing moorings) and portable receivers towed from a boat and the autonomous vessel A-Tirma.
The project has also generated meeting workshops with involved stakeholders in order to promote the need for Use and Management Plans in critical conservation areas for this species. Besides, an intense work has been developed regarding scientific dissemination towards society through different promotional materials and events.
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