During the International Year of Biodiversity, Oceana and Fundación Biodiversidad are providing video footage and scientific data on marine areas which should be protected in Spain because of their special importance. Barely 1 percent of the Bay of Biscay and the North Atlantic is protected, and the daily dumping of hydrocarbons and the scarcity of fish due to overfishing are some of the most worrying problems of this area. However, the research has revealed the existence of communities of great ecological importance, such as deep sea corals and kelp forests, and Oceana even discovered a new sponge species.

Propuesta de áreas marinas de importancia ecológica. Zona galaico-cantábrica (in Spanish) oceana.org/fileadmin/oceana/uploads/europe/downloads/OCEANA_Prop_areas_marinas_import_ecol.pdf

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