LIFE BaĦAR for N2K project is set to establish a coherent network of marine protected areas in Malta by 2018. It includes two at-sea expeditions. The first expedition was carried out over a period of 70 days during the summer of 2015, and the second takes place in 2016. Both involve Oceana’s research vessel, the Oceana Ranger, equipped with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), a single beam sonar, a dredge for samplings and laboratory equipment.
The project is co-financed by the EU LIFE+ Funding Programme and led by the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA), in collaboration with the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, the University of Malta and Fundación Oceana.
Based on the analysis of the results gathered by the expeditions, the project partners will identify a list of proposed sites and deliver it to the Maltese Government for designating marine protected areas under Natura 2000 network.
Executive Summary: Benthic Habitat Research for Marine Natura 2000 Site Designation
OCEANA / Carlos Minguell © LIFE BaĦAR for N2K