The observatory is an independent entity that divulges the best efforts undertaken across the globe in order to preserve marine ecosystems and biodiversity.


The goal of this social and marine ecosystem conservation project is to collect abandoned fishing nets near coastal communities. Nets are subsequently recycled and turned into useful items.

Seahorse project

Seahorses are threatened throughout their range as a result of overfishing and habitat loss. The efforts undertaken in order to protect this species also benefit other marine animals and ecosystems, particularly when protected marine areas are created and improvements are made to existing management systems. Click here to learn more about this project.

Biomares project

This project was designed for the purpose of helping conserve the Professor Luiz Saldanha Marine Park, including the Arrábida Natural Park, and protect the respective biodiversity. Click here to learn more about this project.


Nine seahorse species are currently listed as “Threatened” on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Many more are considered data-deficient, as available information on the respective populations is not sufficient to allow their classification. You can help conserve these species by adding your observations to this online platform/mobile application, which provides information on seahorses, as well as a species identification guide.

Ocean project

In the next decade, our oceans could hold one kilogram of plastic for every three kilograms of fish. This project aims to alert people to the need to reduce plastic waste and draw their attention to the negative impact of this type of waste on marine ecosystems.

Secore international

Is a leading conservation organization for the protection and restoration of coral reefs.

Habitat restoration for diadromous fish in river mondego (portugal)

The conservation of diadromous fish populations depends upon the implementation of management actions that are spatial and temporal representative of the ecological needs of these species. This project by Universidade de Évora, aims to applicate an integrated management plan which is particularly difficult.