Present projects

Els Jardins Submergits de la Selva (The Underwater Gardens of La Selva)
Research of the marine environment at the head of the underwater canyon of Blanes. The study focuses on the range between 30-70m deep.
Objectives:
(a) bionomical map of the study area which is of 16 km2. More information >>
(b) biometric study of the deep populations (located below 50m deep) of the red sea fan  Paramuricea clavata. This organism is considered a key specie of the environment: it would be like the oak trees of an oak wood. More information >>

Not only climate changeEffects of human activity on populations of Paramuricea clavata

During surveys at the Underwater Gardens of La Selva (Southern Costa Brava) effects of human activity on populations of the red seafan (Paramuricea clavata) were observed
Objective: Detection and analysis of different kinds of impacts that red seafans are suffering due to human activity

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Ended projects

Where are the white sea fans of Santa Anna Point?

During the surveys of the Projecte What's up with the noble pen shells of Blanes?>> high mortality of white sea fans (Eunicella singularis) was observed.

Objectives:
a) Assessment of the state of the population at Santa Anna Point (Blanes, Spain)
b) Dissemination and awareness of the natural values of the coast of Blanes
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DePlaMar: Detection of Plastic at Sea

The Underwater Grandens of La Selva (southern Costa Brava) is a 16km2 area located at the head of the underwater canyon of Blanes. Since 2011 S'Agulla is elaborating a bionomic mapping.
Depth: 30-70m.
Objective: Detection and analysis of plastic (pieces larger than 10cm) found at the sea surface using drones. These fragments are the main source of the microplastics found at the sea bottom at our previous Project >>

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Searching for microplastics at the Underwater Gardens of La Selva

The Underwater Gardens of La Selva (southern Costa Brava, Spain) is a 16km2 area located at the header of the underwater canyon of Blanes. Since 2011 S'Agulla is elaborating a bionomic map.
Working depth: 30-70m.
Objective: Detection and analysis of microplastics (< 5mm). Features considered to evaluate the effect in the zone: type, size, colour and density. More information >>

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What's up with the noble pen shells of Blanes?

During Summer 2017 a massive mortality was recorded of the largest Mediterranean bivalve, the noble pen shell (Pinna nobilis)

Objectives:
a) Assessment of the state of the population at Santa Anna Point (Blanes)
b) Dissemination and awareness of the natural values of the coast of Blanes
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Hunting ghost nets

Location of gosht nets within the southern Costa Brava
Objectives:
a) Location of abandoned fishing gear
b) Foster environmental awareness about this serious issue among professional and non-professional fishermen September 2018 talk and exhibition >>

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Ghost nets out!

Objectives:
a) Demonstrative action of removal of ghost nets>>
b) Rise environmental awarness of the need to preserve the Els Jardins Submergits de la Selva marine area. First action>>    September 2018 talk and exhibition >>

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Mapping of abandoned fishing gear at South Costa Brava

Objectives:
a) Analysis of S’Agulla’s photographic archives of the area known as the ‘Jardins Submergits de la Selva’ (The Underwater gardens of the Selva). It is a 16 km2 zone located between the towns of Blanes and Tossa de Mar (South Costa Brava, Spain) at 30-70m deep
b) Geolocation of the results using a Geographical Information System (GIS)

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September 2018 talk and exhibition >>

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GorGene
Research on the gene structure of the red sea fan populations found at the head of the underwater canyons of the coast of Catalonia (the canyons of Arenys, Blanes and Palamós), and the relationship with the closest shallower populations of Llafranc and Begur (Spain).
Objective:
Understanding how their genes are, allows us to unravel the kinship of the different populations and therefore, also their capacity of dispersion and their potentiality to regenerate after events of massive mortality. This last factor is important to be taken into consideration when defining environmental management policies. More information >>