The regulations celebrated their first anniversary without a complete cartography that guides ships to anchor
The decree of the posidonia recently fulfilled a year since coming into force. The Government affirmed that “with this regulation there has been a change of conscience, since almost seven thousand boat Captains called us to advise on the subject”. However, the GOB and the patron of navigators agreed the necessity for a complete cartography, which will not be available until next March.
Since the decree entered into force last summer, the Government has reviewed 69 thousand vessels, of which almost eight thousand, 10.85%, have been moved because they are anchored on Posidonia. As for the sanctions, for now only a total of 42 have been imposed, the equivalent of 0.8% of all the vessels reviewed. “It is an extremely low number, the Environment´s ability to make sanctions has to be strengthened.” they said from the environmental organization.
Toni Muñoz, spokesman for the conservation area, stressed that the main problem of anchorages “are the large yachts of foreigners who do not know what posidonia is.” In addition, he noted that “we are years away from communities such as Catalonia or Andalusia in terms of the conservation of this aquatic plant.”
For his part, the president of the Association of Mediterranean Navigators, Gabriel Dolç, said that “the decree is good, but the ways in which it has been done are not.” His main criticism is directed at “the spills that cause a beach to be closed every week in the Coll de’n Rabassa” and pointed out that “the necessary measures are not taken“.
Thus, he argued that “if you want to protect, it has to be done in every way, not just with boats.” In addition, he stated that “it is not a decree for posidonia, but against navigators.” The GOB was also against spills, which “not only affects posidonia, but all biodiversity.” In this regard, environmentalists called for “an annual report on water clarity.”
Dolç criticized the lack of a map detailing the places where there is posidonia. “They ask me where they can anchor, something I don’t know how to answer,” Dolç said.
Muñoz explained that the maps are necessary because “in the areas of Calvià and Palma there is a lot of posidonia, but there are also many boats anchored constantly.” In this regard, the Government assured that it is a measure that “will be ready in March 2020, with eco-tax financing.”
The GOB also considered “urgent” the implantation of ecological buoy fields in areas “very affected” by the anchorages. Thus, Muñoz stressed that “it is very necessary not to kill more posidonia.” For its part, the Government said that “talks are being held with ports of the Balearic Islands to decide where they will be installed and what is the best way to do it.”
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