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″The Portuguese Sea is only worth money if we save it″



″The Portuguese Sea is only worth money if we save it″

Leaders of ocean research centers and innovation projects explain why technology is the key to sustainability.

Technology in the service of sustainable development is at the heart of the work of institutions such as INESC TEC, the School of Tourism and Technology of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, the Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, or the largest Portuguese aquaculture company, Flatantic (formerly Acuinova).

“There is a study by the OECD a few years ago that calculated that the sea could bring 500 euros per hectare. This for the Portuguese Sea means about 200 billion euros per year. But it must be preserved, because only then is it worth it,” recalls Eduardo Silva from the INESC TEC Robotics Center.

Most of the institution’s projects to link the knowledge of scientists to the needs of companies start with collaborations and partnerships to be able to test on land, at sea and in the deep ocean to support business projects for manufacturing. renewable energy or aquaculture using robotics.

Robots are also the passion of the engineers of the Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, João Galante demonstrated.

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“We have a fleet of autonomous vehicles, from aircraft to submarines, that collect and transmit data to a platform that allows analysis,” he simplified.

Technology can also be combined with existing knowledge, such as that of fishermen, to ensure sustainable development, added Sergio Leandro, director of the School of Tourism and Technology at the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.

“We used existing technology for something else. We have installed GPS devices on 12 boats and donated smartwatches to 40 shellfish collectors in Peniche so they know where each of them is collecting shells so we can do our part to protect the resource.” he demonstrated.

In the former Akuinov, in Mir, now called Flatantic, this technology allows the production of 3200 tons of halibut per year, and investments are aimed at reaching 16.2 tons of halibut and flounder in the next 10 years.

CEO Renata Serradeiro recalled that the earlier project, which included an investment of 156 million euros by Pescanova, failed due to “some accidents along the way related to the release and capture of water.” With more than 250 million euros of investments boosted, Europe’s largest land-based aquaculture wants to “produce healthy and sustainable food”.

The “Sea, Door to the Future” conference takes place at the Matosinhos Cruise Terminal this Thursday morning as part of the celebrations for the 134th anniversary of the “Jornal de Notícias” at the Matosinhos Cruise Terminal.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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