2015: LIFE BaĦar Expedition - Oceana Europe

2015: LIFE BaĦar Expedition

Documenting marine areas to be protected in Malta





The goal of Oceana in Europe’s 2015 expedition in Malta was to survey areas and identify new sites of community importance (SCIs) to include within the Natura 2000 network. Oceana mapped sandbanks, reefs and marine caves throughout the expedition that was part of the LIFE Ba?AR for N2K project (2013-2018), an initiative co-financed by the EU LIFE funding programme.

Natura 2000 is a network of protected areas throughout the EU and it is considered the largest coherent group of protected areas in the world. It aims at protecting Europe’s most vulnerable and threatened species and habitats.

Executive Summary: Benthic Habitat Research for Marine Natura 2000 Site Designation

Goal: Accomplished

Thanks to Oceana’s efforts as part of the LIFE Ba?AR for N2K project, the Maltese government announced the designation or expansion of eight marine protected areas in the Mediterranean in June of 2018. As a designation made under the Natura 2000 framework, national authorities are now responsible for drafting a management plan within six years – a key step toward ensuring the continued protection of these areas.







July 21, 2015

Exciting ending

By: Oceana Web

July 19, 2015

Six more caves!

By: Jesús Molino

July 16, 2015

Eolo goes on holidays

By: Cris Urien

July 15, 2015


By: Albert Ferrer

July 7, 2015

Like a family

By: Oceana Web

July 3, 2015

Pig and mud

By: Carlos Minguell

July 2, 2015

The unseen

By: Jesús Molino

July 1, 2015

Turtle in trouble

By: Brais Lorenzo

June 29, 2015

Where it all starts

By: Oceana Web

June 28, 2015

Eyes wide open

By: Ricardo Aguilar

June 27, 2015

Maltese winds

By: Enrique Talledo

June 26, 2015

From the captain

By: Gianni Brill

June 25, 2015

Onboard surprise

By: Silvia García

June 24, 2015

Cooking and sailing

By: Cris Urien

June 23, 2015

Just a moment

By: Tomas Morate

June 21, 2015

Sea from land

By: Carlos Minguell

June 20, 2015

Windy Saturday

By: Silvia García

June 18, 2015


By: Brais Lorenzo

June 12, 2015

Close to the wind

By: Gianni Brill

June 9, 2015

Treasure onboard

By: Tomas Morate

June 7, 2015

Scarcity counts

By: Carlos Minguell

June 6, 2015

Ballast entangled

By: Jesús Molino

The Crew

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