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Canary Islands

Atlantic: Canary Islands

The Canary Island archipelago is located in front of the coasts of the western Sahara, north of the Cape Verde Islands.

Accomplishments

June, 2009

Spain will protect marine habitats

In honor of World Environment Day on June 5th and to implement the European Union’s commitment with the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Spanish government announced the creation of ten new Marine Protected Areas in Spain’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Oceana has played a key role in identifying and proposing protections for marine areas of interest in an effort led by the Spanish government to implement the European Union’s biodiversity goals.

November, 2005

The Spanish Ministry of Defence approved a moratorium for military exercises in the Canary Islands

Oceana had access to military declassified documents which highlighted the damage that the use of active sonar produces in cetaceans and marine wildlife.

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