The Canary Island Oceanic Platform (PLOCAN) has been awarded the Navigare Mare 2019 prize in the V Excellens Mare Prizes 2019, granted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers (pwc) to acknowledge the merit and excellence of entities and people who do an outstanding job in the sustainable development of marine maritime activities.
The Portuguese Hydrographic Institute and PLOCAN launched the Seaglider-1K in the Nazaré Submarine Canyon from the ship NRP Auriga in order to carry out a scientific-technical mission between Portugal and Gran Canaria, separated approximately by 1500 kilometres. The device will be collected in Gran Canaria, after two months of continuous and autonomous navigation.
PLOCAN participated in the First International AtlantOS Symposium, which supports an All-Atlantic Ocean Observing System. Furthermore, it has highlighted the end of AtlantOS project in order to start the UN (United Nations) strategy ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ (2021-2030), including the Paris Declaration on All-Atlantic Ocean Observing.
The director of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands, Octavio Llinás, gave a conference on PLOCAN within the ‘Energía Mayor’ initiative, which promotes the scientific dissemination between elderly people, celebrated in the National Museum of Natural Sciences. During the conference, the director of PLOCAN explained in detail the facilities, services and current projects of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands, At the end of the presentation, a discussion between the attendants took place.