Rui Ponte, advisor of Prestige Azores, analyzes the advantages and benefits of creating a cetacean sanctuary in the region, in a Project involving Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands.

The advisor, who is not an expert on the subject, made a survey of the areas where there are similar situations and indicates some advantages and disadvantages associated with it.

Since 2005 there are plans to create a marine protected area that allows a better circulation and the protection of cetaceans between Azores, Madeira and Canary islands (some even include North Africa). Rather than seeing this subject as a mere protection of cetaceans, it is increasingly verified that the eventual side effects of this initiative, in terms of tourism, scientific research (acoustic telemetry, zoology), technology (improvements in the environmental performance of ships) and economy (improvement in the paths of ships) seem more tempting than the simple protection of cetaceans.

The answer from the advisor Rui Ponte to the question “What benefits could there be on creating a marine sanctuary for cetaceans involving Azores, Madeira and Canary?” has just been made available on the Prestige Azores website, in full, both in Portuguese and English.