Privacy Policy

Thank you for teaming up with Project SOPHIE! Before you start navigating through this site, we would like to explain a bit more about what we are doing. Take time to read this carefully and to understand the information given to you before deciding whether or not to continue navigating in our site.

What is this project about?

The European project SOPHIE (Seas, Oceans and Human Health in Europe) is a 3-year project that seeks to set a strategic research agenda for Oceans and Human Health in Europe. An interdisciplinary team of researchers from 5 European countries take part in this project, led by the University of Exeter (UK), and which will run until 2020.

As part of this mega-project, SOPHIE’s “Well-being” Citizen Science Initiative seeks to asses the effect that undertaking a marine activity at the coast/sea has on the well-being of those who engage in it, as well as on his/her relationship with the ocean. This initiative seeks to answer the following specific questions:

  • Does engagement in (guided vs. unguided) marine ecotourism activities make a difference in increasing awareness on Ocean conservation issues or Ocean & Human Health interactions?
  • Can participation in marine ecotourism activities trigger behavior change on environmental issues related to Ocean & Human Health?
  • Is this change short- or long-term?
  • Does the previous experience of the participant have an influence on the response?

To answer these questions, people like you, who are about to take part in a marine activity (diving, kayaking, whale watching, coasteering, swimming, etc.) are invited to share their expectations and Ocean literacy level prior to enjoying the activity, by filling-in different surveys.

Who is completing these questionnaires or surveys?

Any adult carrying out a marine activity along the coast or at sea, guided or unguided, alone or in a group, for the first time or as a pro, is welcome to take part in this project. The more diversity of participants we reach, the better idea we will get of the relationship between people and the sea.

What will you be asked to do?

If you agree to take part in this study, after giving us your consent and confirming that you are over 18 years old you will be asked to complete different "questionnaires" or "surveys". Each survey has its own Privacy Policy explaining what it is about in detail and informing you of the data collection process. Please read them carefully before proceeding to filling them in!

What will we do with the results?

This gathering of information from participants of marine and coastal ecotourism activities will run for one whole year, from April 2019 to March 2020. Once finished, all the anonymized answers will be examined and analyzed by researchers at universities and research institutes in England, Ireland, Holland and Spain in order to answer the questions of the project. Data included at this stage will not be individually identifiable.

We are hoping to get many replies from people all over Europe, and the analysis of all data might take quite some time. Data might be published in scientific journals; but such data will always be presented in aggregate form in these publications.

The questions we want to answer will help the European Uniongovernmentsresearch institutionsNGO’s and tourism operators to improve the way they address the general public to make people aware of the connections between Ocean and Human health, and to design positive messages that encourage a social change towards responsible environmental behavior. After the project is finished, the anonymized data will be stored in a secure server in Europe and may be analyzed by other researchers. It will also be publicly available under written request as per EU requirement.

What if you have any questions?

We will not be there with you to answer any questions you may have as you complete the questionnaire, but you can always drop us a line with any queries you may have. Please feel free to contact the project managers:

  • Luz Parga (SUBMON) at
  • Julia Vera (Travelecoology) at


If you have any complaints about the way in which this study has been carried out, please contact the project managers:

  • Luz Parga (SUBMON) at
  • Julia Vera (Travelecoology) at

Other information regarding our Privacy Policy

In compliance with current legislation on personal data protection, we would also like to inform you that the personal data collected in the forms contained on this site, as well as any data accessed by Travelecoology as a result of browsing, query, request or contract, or any transaction or operation made from this website will be stored in files under the responsibility of Travelecoology. Travelecoology is committed to protecting your privacy and takes its responsibility regarding the security of user information very seriously. We will be clear and transparent about the information we are collecting and what we will do with that information. 

All personal data is collected and processed in accordance with Spanish and EU data protection laws. Data Controller “Travelecoology” (referred to as “we”, “us”, “our” or “Travelecoology” in this policy) in this policy primarily refers to Breakaway Travel SL (which is the legal registration name of Travelecoology). Travelecoology is the “data controller” of all personal information that is collected for the purposes of Law 15/1999 of Personal Data Protection. Travelecoology is registered in Madrid (Spain) with VAT number B86189982. 

Security of your Personal data

We follow strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of your personal data, and to protect it against accidental loss, destruction or damage. The data you provide to us is protected using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) technology. SSL is the industry standard method of encrypting personal information and credit card details so that they can be securely transferred over the Internet. 

We may disclose your data to trusted third parties for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy and other specific policies related to this site. We require all third parties to have appropriate technical and operational security measures in place to protect your personal data, in line with Spanish and EU law on data protection rules.

Cookies Policy 

This site uses cookies to enable us to improve our service to you and to provide certain features that you may find useful. Cookies are small text files that are transferred to your computer's hard drive through your web browser to enable us to recognise your browser and help us to track visitors to our site; thus enabling us to understand better who is using our site and making the survey completion process more user. A cookie contains your contact information and information to allow us to identify your computer when you travel around our site for the purpose of helping you accomplish the finalization of the surveys of this website. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but, if you wish, you can change these browser settings by accepting, rejecting and deleting cookies. The "help" portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. If you choose to change these settings, you may find that certain functions and features will not work as intended. The cookies we use do not detect any information stored on your computers.

For more information about cookies and how to stop cookies being installed visit the following website:

We use tracking software to monitor customer traffic patterns and site usage to help us develop the design and layout of this website. This software does not enable us to capture any personal information.

Data Protection Officer

We have appointed a Data Protection Officer (“DPO”) to oversee compliance with this policy. You have the right to make a complaint at any time to a supervisory authority. The Spanish Agency for Data Protection is the lead data protection supervisory authority for Travelecoology as a Spanish data controller. 

Your Data Protection Rights

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

  • Request information about whether we hold personal information about you, and, if so, what that information is and why we are holding/using it.       
  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a "data subject access request"). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
  • Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
  • Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation that makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
  • Object to automated decision-making including profiling, that is not to be subject of any automated decision-making by us using your personal information or profiling of you.Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
  • Request transfer of your personal information in an electronic and structured form to you or to another party (commonly known as a right to “data portability”). This enables you to take your data from us in an electronically useable format and to be able to transfer your data to another party in an electronically useable format.Withdraw consent. In the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal information for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.If you want to exercise any of these rights, then please contact us at

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. 

Changes to Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy may change from time to time and any changes to the statement will be communicated to you by way of an e-mail or a notice on this website.