The book has not been updated for 30 years and the initiative is now underway by the Oceanário and the Oceano Azul Foundation with the collaboration of the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF) and the financial support of the Lisbon City Council (CML) .
Production of the new book begins this year to update the 1992/93 edition.
According to the organization, there is an urgent need for “an urgent review and update” of this information, especially at a time when the world is facing a climate crisis and the extinction of species and that to preserve biodiversity and marine life it is essential to know which are the threat levels to each species is determined.
“Given this panorama of scarce information and with a low number of marine species evaluated, these four entities decided to join forces to jointly start the production of the new Red Book of Marine Fishes in Portugal”, reads a statement released today.
The project aims to increase and update knowledge about the species that exist in the Portuguese sea.
Through a protocol signed in July, the CML secured a funding of 100,000 euros to support the project, which will allow progress with the investigation and granting of information about the species.
Cited in the communiqué, the councilor responsible for the Environment, Green Structure, Climate and Energy, José Sá Fernandes, technician that this is the way in which Lisbon gives “a contribution and a boost to scientific research and to the umbilical relationship that it has always had with the sea”.
In about 3,263 marine species evaluated in the last three years, Oceanário de Lisboa claims to have contributed “in a relevant way” to the identification of more than 700 species, around 20% of the marine species evaluated internationally.
In global terms, it is estimated that there are about 8.7 million species on the planet, of which there have been more than 1.2 million, the vast majority terrestrial.
However, only 138,374 species have been assessed globally, of which only 16,921 are marine species, according to information made available to the media.