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Areas and rules

Marine protected areas, such as Professor Luiz Saldanha Marine Park, aim to protect biodiversity and marine ecosystems, contributing to the sustainable use of natural resources. One way to achieve conservation goals is through the definition of areas with different levels of protection, guaranteeing total protection in essential areas, while giving space for sustainable human activities in less sensitive areas. In this way, it is possible to protect nature and reduce the impact of the different activities of the Marine Park and also increase the degree of acceptance and sensitivity for conservation.
The Marine Park is divided into three types of protection areas:

  • Total - no activities are allowed (except monitoring) to minimize impacts and protect the most sensitive species and habitats in a small area
  • Partial - with an intermediate number of rules, limited resource extraction is allowed and conservation is compatible with non-extractive human activities
  • Complementary - provides some protection that benefits local fishing, but allows uses with greater impact


With the creation of the Marine Park, local communities and visitors have changed their behaviours and the way they use this coast, including commercial activities like fisheries. Their contribution is essential to recover the richness of marine life.


The protection of the Arrábida coast is essential to recover resources and to ensure that its wealth endures for future generations. Only that way can we continue to ensure that these waters contribute to people's livelihood and well-being. The Marine Park allows these objectives to be achieved.