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IU-Verdes Lorca denounces the environmental and landscape damage to the Lorca coast that will involve a 1.5 km marine polygon (06/07/2018)

Gloria Martín denounced the incongruity of the Government team of the City of Lorca, which applies restrictions to citizens for the use of the beaches of Lorca while rejecting in the municipal Plenary IU proposals to stop the accumulation of marine litter that comes from agriculture or look the other way before the plans of the autonomous government of his party to implement a marine megapoly, highly polluting, on our coast

The councilor of Izquierda Unida Verdes in Lorca, Gloria Martin, regretted that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries of the Region of Murcia to continue the procedures to enable an aquaculture polygon with capacity to produce 8,000 tons of heavy a year in a stretch of Lorca coast, specifically in front of Puntas del Calnegre.

This polygon will occupy approximately a surface of 1.5 kilometers and will be destined to the production of sea bream and sea bass among other species.

Martín insisted that the project would be located within a Special Conservation Zone (SAC) of the Natura 2000 Network and within the Levantine-Balearic marine demarcation, established in Law 41/2010, on the protection of the marine environment.

It would also affect the Sites of Community Interest (SCI) "Calnegre" and "Submerged Litoral Strip".

In this regard, it has warned of the enormous environmental damage that would result from the dumping of huge quantities of food and excrement remains, as well as chemical products derived from the use of medicines (antibiotics, biocides, antiparasitics) and substances used for cleaning and maintenance of facilities, such as antifouling paint, highly polluting.

Gloria Martín denounced the incongruity of the Government team of the City of Lorca, which applies restrictions to citizens for the use of the beaches of Lorca while rejecting in the municipal Plenary IU proposals to stop the accumulation of marine litter that comes from agriculture or look the other way before the plans of the autonomous government of his party to implement a highly polluting marine mega-polygon on our coast.

Devastating effects for the Lorca coast

Martin recalled that both the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) and the Murcian Institute for Agricultural Research and Development and Food (IMIDA), have already shown the "diminished" response capacity of the Posidonia meadow parallel to the line of coast in the face of disturbances that result from intensive aquaculture, which could cause its deterioration.

The polygon would also generate impact in the rest of the aquatic ecosystems and would be a serious danger due to accidental catches, boat interactions and water contamination for protected animal species, such as the bottlenose dolphin and the loggerhead turtle.

Submarine noise would also affect other species of interest in the area such as the pilot whale, the sperm whale or the whale.

Not to mention the possible impact of the effect called on other dangerous species for humans, in an area close to the bathroom.

The mayor of IU-Greens has also referred to the mechanical destruction of the seabed by the placement of anchors, in addition to affection to the Cabo Cope-Puntas de Calnegre Regional Park if the drift of the pollutant load occurs towards the south.

Martin recalled the recent accession of the mayor of Lorca, Fulgencio Gil, to the Covenant of Mayors against Climate Change and has demanded that he strongly opposes the construction of the marine polygon that also has an impact on this aspect due to the polluting emissions of greenhouse gases.

The councilor has made reference to other worrying aspects contemplated in the project of creation of the polygon, as the seismic hazard induced by the completion of the work, as well as the discharge to the sea of ​​heavy metals or hydrocarbons.

He has also referred to numerous criticisms and allegations by the residents of the area, given the obvious damage caused by this activity that would worsen the quality of the surrounding bathing waters and generate a terrible landscape impact, particularly on the beaches of Parazuelos, Calnegre and Puntas del Siscal.

The Fishermen's Association of Mazarrón has also indicated that the former aquaculture activity had negative effects on extractive fishing in the area, causing loss of available areas for fishing and fishing grounds, as well as danger to navigation safety.

Source: IU-verdes Lorca

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