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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The Parish Union of Safara and Santo Aleixo da Restauração signed protocols for collaboration with the LIFE Saramugo and LIFE Imperial Projects, thus ensuring their cooperation and commitment to the preservation of the saramugo and the imperial eagle.
LIFE Saramugo will hold a Symposium to promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences on freshwater habitats and fish, as well as the dissemination of the Project's actions.
As part of the first edition of the Guarda-Rios Award, a GEOTA initiative, LPN was the winner of the public vote for the Good Practices Prize.