About us

AIMM is a Portuguese environmental non-governmental and not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the research and conservation of marine species and ecosystems. Founded in 2010 and based in the Algarve region, AIMM aims to be a reference for research, conservation and education of the marine environment, promoting activities and establishing partnerships that, in a cooperative way, enhance the understanding of issues related to the marine environment. AIMM has developed most of its projects in the Algarve region, but also in other regions of Portugal and outside the country, particularly in the Atlantic.

We work in collaboration with national and international entities, such as maritime agents, administrative authorities, dolphin watching companies, other NGOs and public institutions. In cooperation, we try to promote a sustainable and safer environment for marine species.

Our Mission

Protect marine species and their ecosystems through scientific research, conservation and environmental education, while also offering opportunities for everyone to better understand the marine environment.

Our Vision

  • To be a reference for research, conservation and education of the marine environment in Portugal and abroad, particularly in the Atlantic.
  • Provide scientific data that promote effective conservation measures, marine management policies and monitoring programmes.
  • Encourage a responsible code of conduct and promote education in tourist activities related to cetaceans.

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The scientific projects and educational initiatives carried out by AIMM intend to comply with the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, consisting of 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our action and mission is specifically included in the number 4. Quality Education, number 13. Climate Action and number 14. Life Below Water.

Our partners

At AIMM, we conduct research to increase the scientific knowledge of the marine ecosystem by expanding the available data on cetaceans, together with the many other marine topics on which we focus.

Our work would not be possible without the support and collaboration of different organisations and entities that share the same goals: conservation of the ocean and marine life.

Since its founding in 2010, AIMM has developed numerous partnerships with touristic maritime companies that offer whale and dolphin-watching trips within our study areas. By allowing the use of their vessels as platforms from which to collect research data, these partners play a crucial role in our work. At the same time, they provide us with the opportunity to jointly develope crucial environmental education projects to encourage responsible behaviour at sea, mitigating the negative consequences of tourism on cetacean populations, and, also transmitting essential information to the general public regarding the conservation of our seas.

We are always open to new partnerships. Contact us!

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