OBSERVATORIO DO MAR DOS AÇORES
MARINE EDUCATOR / PRESIDENT, 9230 Faial, Portugal
The Sea Observatory of the Azores (OMA) is a technical, scientific and cultural non-profit association, established in 2002 by 23 marine biologists (www.oma.pt). Its objectives are the dissemination of scientific and technological culture and the promotion of activities of interpretation and environmental education, within the scope of Marine Sciences, contributing directly for the implementation of SDG 14. It is part of the Regional Networks of Science Centres of the Azores since 2012. Since this date, it has involved around 71.000 people in the awareness activities promoted, from all age groups, a number that has been growing every year, registering more than 17,000 participants in 2019 alone. The OMA works with the Azorean society, promoting the inclusion of information and knowledge in the global society, creating conditions for learning scientific and technological content in an interactive, playful and motivating way. It aims to observe the state of the Azores Sea and promote environmentally sustainable practices that safeguard resources, biodiversity and the natural functioning of marine ecosystems. The Oma has a young, motivated and dynamic team, made up of technicians specialized in the different areas of activity of the institution, and also welcomes, in a floating way, several interns and volunteer collaborators.