The National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. ARQUA is the institution responsable for raising public awareness of the Underwater Cultural Heritage of Spain, promoting its conservation, and thus enhancing its use and enjoyment
Its objectives are the study, evaluation, research, conservation, promotion and protection of Spain's Underwater Cultural Heritage.
These tasks are carried out jointly with the various local governments of the Autonomous Regions and their research centres, and with the member states signatories of the UNESCO Convention.
ARQUA is also the home of the Permanent Observatory of the National Plan for the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.