Sciaena is a Portuguese Environmental Non-Governmental Organization with legal personality that works on marine conservation and towards a sustainable use of marine resources on a national and European level. It was created in 2006 by students with a marine sciences background in the University of Algarve, and since then they have promoted sustainability and protection of the marine environment and its resources, as well as the minimization of pollution through different projects and a team formed by experts in different areas of knowledge. Sciaena is one of the founders of PONG-Pesca (Platform of Portuguese NGOs on Fisheries) and they have developed a strong voice in the Portuguese fishing community.
Sciaena believes in interdisciplinarity and awareness, in order to create a bridge between scientific knowledge and society, valuing the opinion and the activity of all the intervening parties, and thus develop measures and strategies of action for the improvement of the state of ecosystems, in an integrated way. Sciaena is an open door to communication, information, training, education and knowledge.