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Title: International and multidisciplinary network for the preservation of the good environmental status of the marine areas of Macaronesian region and the conservation of their cetacean populations (SANICET)
Authors: De La Fuente Marquez, Jesus 
Arbelo Hernández, Manuel Antonio 
Fernández Rodríguez, Antonio Jesús 
Hernández Cabrera, José Juan 
Castro, Ayoze 
Delory, Eric
Neves, Silvana
Rosa, Fernando
Almunia Portolés,Javier 
Santos, Marco
Carreira, Gilberto P.
Dinis, Ana
Ferreira, Rita
Alves, Filipe
Marques, Nuno
Freitas, Luis
Santos, Katia
Bras, Nilson
Oujo, Carolina
Lopez Suarez, Pedro
UNESCO Clasification: 3105 Peces y fauna silvestre
240119 Zoología marina
590208 Política del medio ambiente
Keywords: Cetaceans
Macaronesian region
Environmental preservation
International network
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: Macaronesian Region is an important biodiversity hotspot located in the North Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and Africa, conformed by four archipelagos (Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and Cabo Verde Islands). Among the species that inhabits this area, cetaceans occupy a remarkable place in terms of abundance and diversity, having confirmed the presence of 32 different species residing or transiting their waters. Macaronesian Cetacean Health Network (SANICET) was conceived with the objective of carrying out a program of health surveillance of Macaronesian cetacean populations or, in other words, to assess and monitoring those possible risk factors or threats that could affect, directly or indirectly, the conservation of these cetaceans. Diverse scientific groups specialists in cetaceans that usually work in this Region, in different areas of knowledge: animal health, ecology and oceanography, joined efforts to integrate and harmonize procedures and knowledge from a multidisciplinary and interregional point of view, connecting them up into a powerful ICT tool of recent creation, a Collaborative Virtual Community (CVC) which shares data, information and methods, overcoming territorial and border fragmentation in the cetaceans conservation. This initiative took shape through the MARCET Project (Interreg-MAC 2014-2020), in which the scientific studies proposed are directed towards the management for the preservation of the good environmental status of Macaronesian marine areas, the conservation of their cetacean populations and the promotion of a sustainable ecotourism model, mainly related to Whale Watching activity.
Source: World Marine Mammal Conference 2019. Barcelona, Spain, 9th-12th December, p. 180
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