Report | January, 2010
Propuesta de áreas marinas de importancia ecológica
With nearly 300,000 km2 of surface marine within its territorial waters and exclusive economic zone (EEZ), the Biscay area is the second largest ocean area of Spain after the Canary waters. Despite this, the extension protected in this area barely the 250,000 has.; in other words, less than 1%. Of these, 94% corresponds to the newly created marine protected Area of El Cachucho (the only protected area of Spain exclusively marine). The rest is distributed among the Galician marine reserves in Os Miñarzos (2,072 ha.) and ria of Cedeira (800 ha.), National Park das Illas Atlánticas (7,200 ha.), and biotopes protected gaztelugatxe (129 ha) and Deba-Zumaia (3,740 has.). I.e., there are 6 marine areas protected in the Biscay area: 3 in Galicia, 1 in front of Asturias and 2 in the Basque country.