Red Book of the Marine Fishes of Portugal
Know what is threatened to protect what is a priority
The Oceanário de Lisboa and the Oceano Azul Foundation, in collaboration with the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests and the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and with the support of the Lisbon City Council, began last November the production of the new "Red Book of Marine Fishes of Portugal".
Red Books are fundamental documents for the protection of species since they are public documents that register and classify the species that occur in each country, according to their probability of extinction, in a certain period of time. They are therefore a reference for assessing the level of threat to which a species is subject and for knowing how its conservation status evolves.
This fundamental tool for the conservation of the biodiversity of the Portuguese sea is scheduled to be concluded in 2023, on the 30th anniversary of the publication of the last "Red Book of the Marine Fish of Portugal". The Oceanário de Lisboa and the Oceano Azul Foundation have a relevant know-how in the process of species assessment through the Species Survival Officer, specialized in this process, who works with the IUCN Species Survival Commission and who will coordinate the technical work. To achieve this ambitious goal, three Species Survival Officers have joined the Lisbon Oceanarium team, and the participation of researchers and ichthyologists from all over the country will be fundamental since the extinction risk assessments are based on the best scientific knowledge available.