Saramugo (Anaecypris hispanica) is one of the most threatened freshwater fish species in Portugal and in the Iberian Peninsula.
It’s classified as Endangered and as Critically Endangered at global and at nation wide scale respectively. In Portugal saramugo shares the same conservation status as the iberian imperial eagle, and the iberian lynx.
The need to protect it doesn’t relate only with itself. Its conservation status reflects the poor condition of streams saramugo inhabits as well as the other freshwater species that depend on this habitat. When a significant part of the threats to saramugo and its habitat are linked to humans, we have the duty to mitigate these threats.
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In order to minimize the high degradation of riparian vegetation in the Murtigão river, the LIFE Saramugo Project carried out an improvement action on the tree and shrub cover with different species of native riverine plants.
Project LIFE Saramugo concluded this month an intervention in Tasnal dam, which consisted of the installation of a demonstration device for the retention of exotic fish
This summer, another campaign of exotic fish species removal took place in the Vascão river in the framework of the LIFE Saramugo Project