Since 2006, Oceana has carried out many oceanographic campaigns in the area surrounding this national park from the research vessels Oceana Ranger and Marviva Med, with particular emphasis on unprotected areas, in order to establish their environmental significance and vulnerability with respect to human activity.
Thus, we have established, by means of images of extraordinary beauty, the presence of significant habitats that require protection, such as thick laminaria forests, extraordinary coralligenous formations, rich maërl seabeds and gorgonia gardens, as well as species listed in international agreements, such as some black corals and even red coral, among others.
The results obtained led Oceana to request the protection of the seabeds in the area surrounding the Cabrera National Park, and promote their declaration as a marine protected area, demanding that the relevant governments urgently act to prevent the disappearance of one of the most interesting and threatened seabeds in the Mediterranean, such as, among others, coralligenous formations, maërl fields, and laminaria forests which are outside the park boundaries, and which are unprotected and under severe threat.
Thus, Oceana is working to ban aggressive human activity in these sensitive habitats, demanding that it be urgently and immediately managed; as well as promoting the declaration of a marine protected area that provides adequate protection to all the wealth of biodiversity found in the area surrounding the current National Park.
Oceana report: Estudio bionómico de Cabrera (Spanish - PDF)