Let me begin by congratulating you all on your achievements and successes this year. As we all reflect on what transpired during the past year, let us continue to be grateful for all that we have - family, life, health and strength.
Looking back at all that happen in 2013, our first official year of operations - and boy, was it an eventful year? With our small team and loads of support from many people, we managed to hit the year running ... there just was no time to learn to crawl ;-)
Although we got involved in many small campaigns in the Algarve, the following were our primary projects during 2013.
We are well aware that the world will not end its dependence on oil overnight to meet our energy needs, but we believe that the phasing out of fossil fuels has to start today in Portugal – especially we have to stop the planned deep-sea oil and gas exploration and development which will negatively impact on our currently pristine Algarve waters and coast.
It has been brought to ASMAA's attention that the Portuguese government has passed a new law on the 22 November 2013, under the guise of the European Commission stipulation of higher standards for health and safety mechanisms - ensure that the production of shellfish is 'fit' for consumption - and which has resulted in the immediate downgrading of many shellfish production areas in the Algarve.
As we have been asked on numerous occasions by a variety of people why did we select Change.org instead of AVAAZ, we decided to share with you some background research that guided our decision. Let us start by saying that the optimum would be for the petition to be housed in our own website – we are currently still developing our own online petition platform, but it takes time and resources.
Look what we have lined-up for you for the ASMAA's first aniversary dinner on the 3rd of December 2013. Ray has been amazing getting everybody together and assisting us with all the musical planning.
We are so thankful that the following musicians have agreed to sparkler your evening with their performances. With music ranging from the 50's to the 90's with a drollop of country thrown in for good measure, it promises to be an evening to remember for a long time to come.
ASMAA convida-o para jantar e dançar a noite inteira no dia 3 de Dezembro de 2013 quando estamos na nossa festa de aniversario e de Natal no Restaurante Adega da Marina em Lagos. Ultimos 20 bilhetes agora desponiveis.
We are down to our last twenty tickets, so come and join us at what is sure to be the party of the year. ASMAA invites you to dine and dance the night away with us on the 3 December 2013 at Adega da Marina Restaurant in Lagos, as we commemorate our first anniversary and prepare to welcome Christmas.
ASMAA convida-o para jantar e dançar a noite inteira no dia 3 de Dezembro de 2013 quando estamos na nossa festa de aniversario e de Natal no Restaurante Adega da Marina em Lagos.
ASMAA invites you to dine and dance the night away with us on the 3 December 2013 at Adega da Marina Restaurant in Lagos, as we commemorate our first anniversary and prepare to welcome Christmas.
Até parece mentira que estamos quase a fazer o nosso primeiro aniversario. Mas é verdade! No dia 3 de Dezembro nós fazemos um ano! Muito, muito obrigada diz a equipe da ASMAA a todos vocês! Nós não teria-mos conseguido chegar a esta altura, da maneira como o fizemos se não tivesse-mos tido todo o vosso apoio durante este ano! Mais uma vez muito obrigada!
Can you believe it? We are nearly one year old. And as we get closer to our first anniversary, the ASMAA team is saying thanks to all of you for your support until now. We have had quite an eventful year, but we couldn’t have reached where we are without you and your support! So we say THANKS!
Lagos, Algarve, Portugal (9 May 2013): ASMAA, The Algarve Surf and Marine Activities Association announced today that a major breakthrough has been reached in what ASMAA’s members perceived as being an unfair licence allocation process for above beaches.