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Unique, rich, yet fragile, the Azorean Sea has formed the cultural identity of the Azorean people and sustained their way of life for generations. Protecting these critical marine ecosystems is essential to ensure a healthy ocean for Azorean society now and for future generations to come.

Focused on the conservation and sustainable use of the Azorean Sea, the Blue Azores Program will contribute to protecting, promoting and valuing the rich marine resources of the archipelago.

Blue Azores is the result of an international partnership between the Regional Government of the Azores, the Oceano Azul Foundation and the Waitt Institute, uniting in a single vision of a healthy Azorean Sea and a thriving ocean society.

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ABOUT

THE SEA OF THE AZORES

  • 56% of Portugal’s maritime territory, with Portugal having one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zones in Europe

  • Approximately 1 million km²

  • An average depth of 3,000m

  • Only 5% protected

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THE SEA OF THE AZORES IS HOME TO:

  • Hydrothermal vents

  • 28 species of marine mammals

  • 6 species of sea turtles

  • 560 species of fish

  • 10 species of breeding seabirds

  • >400 species of algae

  • >1000 of species of invertebrates