Costa do Corvo
Protected Area of Resources Management
This area corresponds to the Nature Park’s marine area, with about 25,738 hectares, and its management is oriented to the conservation of certain habitats or species, safeguarding the sustainable use of the natural ecosystems and the 14 kilometres of coastline.
On the south, west and north slopes of the island, there are arches, semi-submerged caves and some tide pools. The bigger pools are particularly essential as they are nursery areas for several species of fish.
The bottom of the sea around the island descends abruptly until 50 to 100 metres, and then gradually until 500 metres, at about 1 nautical mile from the coast.
The south coast’s submarine reefs have the greatest marine diversity with sponges at higher depths, the bivalve Pinna rudis growing in fractures, and the brown-alga Zonaria tournefortii being the main biotope below 15 metres. On the surrounding area of these reefs, the fish species are equally diversified.