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The installation of anti-multimedia networks in the bathing areas of the Mar Menor (11/06/2018)

The general director of Environment and Mar Menor, Antonio Luengo, and the mayor of San Pedro del Pinatar, Visitation Martinez, today supervised the placement of these barriers that aim to ensure the safety of bathers in the Mar Menor.

Since last Thursday, 43 kilometers of anti-multimedia networks have been installed in the Mar Menor to guarantee a safe bath in 60 areas of the Mar Menor.

There are 1,100 network panels that are already being installed and will be removed in October.

This preventive action has a budget of over 500,000 euros and will give employment for four months to six boats and a dozen fishermen of the Brotherhood of San Pedro del Pinatar, as well as a team of four divers.

The device will be maintained until September 30, while between October 1 and 15 the removal and dismantling work will be carried out, in which the Hippocampus Association will also participate.

Last year this collaboration allowed to guarantee the survival of 100% of the seahorses that had hooked on the nets.

During the three and a half months that the networks will remain installed, in addition, they will carry out tasks of arrangement, cleaning and maintenance of the same.

STATE OF MAR MENOR

The latest data from the 14 permanent measurement stations installed in the Mar Menor to monitor and control their evolution reveal greater transparency and a decrease in turbidity and chlorophyll levels.

In particular, the latest measurements using the Secchi Disk show that the depth of visibility of the transparency of the average water is almost five meters.

On the other hand, the turbidity index stood at 1.31;

while that of chlorophyll, whose measurement is used to detect the presence and abundance of phytoplankton, registers a significant decrease to 0.90.

Both parameters are at minimum since they began to perform exhaustive control of them in the waters of the Mar Menor in the summer of 2016.

The general director of Environment and Mar Menor, Antonio Luengo, explained that "These measurements show a positive evolution of the quality of the lagoon waters, which has recovered the values ​​of salinity and temperature and maintains low levels of nutrients and chlorophyll" said Luengo.

Likewise, the data shows that the Mar Menor is showing symptoms of its response capacity, which may increase its resistance to the expected rise in temperatures for the coming weeks, although it remains an ecosystem with a delicate balance.

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Pedro del Pinatar

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