Flores Island forms, together with Corvo Island, the Western Group of the Azores archipelago. Flores has a population of just over 3900 and an area of 143 square kilometres. Flores sits on the North American Plate, and is the westernmost island of Europe. The name of the island translates to Flowers, due to its abundance of flowers.
The entire north coast (Costa Norte) is a marine protected area that was established as a measure of resource management and protection of biodiversity, limiting certain fishing activities in the area. Slavonia is a subaquatic archaeological park that is also under protection and where fishing is forbidden.
Important species that can be found here, some of them are overharvested in other areas, include the Azorean barnacle (Megabalanus azoricus), limpets (Patella aspera and P. candei), as well as the dusky grouper (Ephinephelus marginatus).