More than fifty agents representing the different sectors of the maritime sector of the Archipelago met this morning in the Aula de Piedra of the institutional headquarters of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) to participate in the 2nd Workshop on Marine Spatial Planning of the Canary Islands, a meeting organized within the framework of the European project MarSP of the University Institute of Aquaculture and Sustainable Marine Ecosystems (Ecoaqua).
In the opening session of this workshop were present David Juan Greiner Sánchez, director of Scientific Organization and Promotion of Research of the ULPGC, and the professor Ricardo Haroun, Representing IU-Ecoaqua.
The management of the Marine Area of the Archipelago, which covers a territory exceeding 455,000 km², will determine the distribution, both spatially and temporally, of activities such as aquaculture, fishing, scientific research, facilities and infrastructure for prospecting, exploitation and extraction of raw materials and energy resources, maritime transport routes and their traffic flows, military training zones, nature conservation areas and protected species or zones, areas with cable laying and submarine pipelines, tourism or underwater cultural heritage.
That is why today was attended by representatives of the various island councils, and the Ministry of Territorial Policy, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Sustainability of Government of the Canary Islands, also from the Port Authority of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and of the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, as well as the Maritime Cluster of the Canary Islands, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, the Technological Institute of the Canary Islands, environmental protection associations such as WWF Spain or El Chorlitejo, of different fishermen's associations and private companies related to the marine sector, and, finally, representatives of the scientific community related to the University of La Laguna, The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and the University of Cadiz, among others.
The MarSP (Macaronesian Marine Spatial Planning) project, whose main results will be known at the end of 2019, is financed by the EASME agency of the European Union, and its general objective is to support the Planning / Management of the Marine Space (OEM) processes in the three outermost regions present in Macaronesia: Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands, in line with the European Directive on Marine Space Planning (EU Directive 2014/89).
The OEM responds to a clear objective, since in recent decades there has been a significant increase in demand and competition for the use of maritime space with the participation of multiple actors linked to various economic activities, something that in addition to synergies, can generate conflicts over the use of the marine space. In the sea there are needs, activities and sectors such as marine conservation, renewable energy and non-renewable, aquaculture, fishing, or tourism and leisure, among others, but that this planning will guarantee the provision of environmental services and the preservation of marine biodiversity.