A four year project entitled “Important Areas for the Conservation of Marine Birds” has been launched in 42 areas covering over 40,000 km2, or around 5% of all Spanish coastal waters.

The Spanish Ornithological Society will oversee the study, which will be paid for by the Ministry of Environment. Only 16 of the designated areas are located in Mediterranean, half around the mainland and the other 8 around the Balearic Islands.

It is hoped that the survey will give sufficient information to allow the government to implement protection for sea birds in Spanish waters, so that they will be able to flourish.