Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA)
From the Azores Bullfinch to the Tagus Estuary, we work to protect birds and the unique habitats they depend on. Thanks to the support of our members, volunteers and partners, we monitor populations, restore habitats, remove invasive species, push for better laws, fight environmental crime and much, much more.
“I always feel privileged, because not everyone is lucky enough to work with these birds, in these colonies in the middle of the Atlantic.”
Tânia Pipa, SPEA staff member working with Shearwaters, Storm Petrels and other seabirds in the Azores.
Almost all EU Member States’ national strategic plans (CSPs) have now been submitted and approved by the European Commission, and the rollout of the EU’s new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), adopted in 2021, is underway.
On the eve of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15), the EU must prioritize the health of our ocean in its fight against the climate and biodiversity crises and accept that as part of this, a radical change of our fisheries is crucial.
Thousands of marine mammals, seabirds, sea turtles, sharks, and rays are killed in fishing gear every year in European waters. This bycatch is one of the main causes of the declines seen in many of these species’ population. But marine species are not the only ones to suffer. For fishers, bycatch means damaged equipment, lost bait, lost fish, and precious time wasted removing bycaught animals from nets, lines, and hooks.