Well not quite, but close enough. We going SUPing in the Algarve!
As usual we decided to do something that had never been done before – create an SUP (Stand-up paddle) event to cross the Algarve south coast from Sagres to Vila Real de Santo Antonio as a fund raiser for ASMAA.
With so much debate taking place regarding diminishing fishing stocks in the world oceans, we have to ask if anglers are our allies against over fishing. We can argue that the fishing sector government led policies is currently driven purely by big players with commercial and financial interests, without much focus on local job creation and local economic sustainability?
I have just read an article on the Huffington Post that really pleased me, as it places Lagos in front of their massive readership, but it needs some corrections. You can read their article and join their Facebook page, links are at the bottom of this article.
It is hard enough to visit a country that speaks a different language than you, but if you do not have some basic portuguese fishing vocabulary it can be frustrating when you are looking for specific tackle or to just understand the local fishing community.
We have put together a short list to help you.
A wide variety of fish can be found in the rivers and lakes of Portugal, in the onshore coastal waters and deep sea, where big-fish angling is possible. There are various competitions for men, women, juniors and disabled and several major fishing festivals through the year.
The global surf tourism industry has grown significantly since the middle of the 20th century.
When measuring the economic scale of the surfing industry, including travel, surf-branded clothing, and the manufacture of surfboards, it has been estimated to be in the order of ten billion USD per annum with some ten million surfers worldwide.
Having visited the Algarve since 1979, I have seen the Algarve beautiful coastline transformed in a real concrete jungle since then, destroying the very reason that I and many other tourists visit the region year after year. Which is to enjoy its natural beauty, its nature and unspoiled spots.
Recreational diving is still a relatively young sport. Created in the 1950s, it gained acceptance in the '60s and '70s, boomed in the '80s and grew by great leaps in the '90s. If you've been diving for decades, there's a good chance that not everything you learned in your open-water class still applies. New research and equipment have made diving safer and more enjoyable than ever - if you know the rules.
We decided to take a look at some of them and see how they've evolved.
Author: Dr. Martin Robards
25 years since the oil tanker spilled millions of gallons of crude oil in the Gulf of Alaska, we remain callously unprepared to mitigate a future oil spill in the Arctic waters.
Just before midnight March 24, 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef in Alaska, causing one of the largest oil spill in U.S. history. In the weeks that followed, a shocked world watched as the tanker spewed approximately 11 million gallons of oil into the formerly pristine and delicate Prince William Sound.
On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez super tanker ran aground in Alaska’s beautiful and biologically rich Prince William Sound. The United States had become complacent about the risks of a major oil spill, but the sight of oiled seabirds in this spectacular setting shocked the nation into action. Approximately 11 million gallons (257,000 barrels) of oil spilled into Prince William Sound, and approximately 1,300 miles of shoreline were impacted.
The Algarve has many beautiful beaches without a doubt; and all of them are being promoted for recreational purposes – nothing wrong with that! But we need to look at our beaches and surrounding ocean not in isolation but as part of the bigger picture.
After nearly 18 months of negotiations between ASMAA (Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association), the AESCV (Associacao de Escolas da Costa Vicentina) and Lagos Capitania, a more fair licence process has been established in 2014 for the issuing of licences to any interested Surf Schools in the Western Algarve.
The EU has adopted new laws in 2013 aimed at increasing the transparency of any of a EU members state (government) income from the oil and gas industry. This can be seen as a move that should be a game-changing breakthrough on corruption. But in Portugal where corruption is rife and the goverment is well knowed for ignoring EU directives and laws ... we will have to wait and see. But it gives us another avenue to ask questions, don't you agree?
Os novos editais para as escolas de surf, Edital nº 002/2014 e 003/2014 publicado no dia 15 de Janeiro de 2014 e entrará em vigor no dia 1 Maio de 2014. Tome nota de que os pedidos de licenças para 2014 encerra no dia 28 de fevereiro de 2014.
The new by-laws, Edital’s Nos. 002/2014 and 003/2014 published on 15 January 2014 and will be effective as from 1 May 2014. Take note that application at the Capitania de Lagos for surf school operating licences for 2014 closes on 28 February 2014.
Bombshell Study Finds Methane Emissions From Natural Gas Production Far Higher Than EPA Estimates
By Joe Romm, Climate Progress, Nov. 25, 2013
A major new study blows up the whole notion of natural gas as a short-term "bridge fuel" to a carbon-free economy.
It is with interest that I have been following the rise of many artists across the globe against the hypocrisy of oil industry major players and their sponsorship of the arts, culture, education and sports. Maybe, it will rub off in Portugal, and our artists and sportsman will take a stand on this issue as well.
ASMAA is deeply concerned about the fact that the Portuguese government has given the go ahead for the development of deep-offshore gas and oil exploration and commercialisation under pressure from the oil and gas lobbying groups that includes companies such as Repsol, Partex (aka Gulbenkian Foundation), Galp, Mohape and Petrobras.