The IMAR Institute, from the University of Coimbra, is specialized in Marine and Environmental Sciences, focused on coastal zones and hydrographic basins. They have been registered as publishers since 2017 and are endorsed by OBIS, a global, open access information center on marine biodiversity for science, conservation and sustainable development.
The IMAR made this first contribution with 336,209 records, of which 335,102 have geographic coordinates, and are distributed in 19 datasets. The data are part of the Institute's research projects, such as the POPA (Observations Project for Fisheries in the Azores), which is a monitoring program for fisheries in Europe. This, provide data regarding tuna fishing with rod and line, from cetaceans, sea turtles and seabirds, as well as marine trash and other environmental parameters selected. The POPA contains, globally, more than five million records, and provides information on one million square feet of ocean environments.
This publication represents a great advance in the knowledge regarding the occurrences and species covered, contributing to the knowledge on Portuguese and Global Biodiversity. Also, it is a milestone for the Portuguese database of GBIF, which has now more than six million occurrence records.