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ANSE denounces the alteration of the Esculls beach, included in the Regional Park of Salinas and Arenales of San Pedro del Pinatar (08/07/2019)

ANSE has sent a letter to the Demarcation of Coasts in Murcia, the Directorate General of the Natural Environment and the City of San Javier denouncing the alteration of the Esculls Beach included in the interior of the Regional Park with the category of Priority Conservation Area.

The damages include destruction of protected flora, alteration of habitats of community interest and disturbances to threatened bird colonies.

The Association had on several occasions and in recent years moved the situation of that area in the context of the Governing Board of the Park without any action being taken.

The Association regrets that the only proposal of the Autonomous Community is to execute a new infrastructure (the ornithological footbridge) that would increase the pressure on the place.

The Association of Naturalists of the Southeast (ANSE) has sent two letters to the Autonomous Community, the City of San Javier and the Demarcation of Coasts denouncing the damage suffered by the Esculls Beach in Encañizadas.

This beach, which is part of the maritime-terrestrial public domain, is included in the Regional Park of Salinas and Arenales of San Pedro del Pinatar and is part of the Natura 2000 Network. On the aforementioned beach, various actions are being developed that are altering significantly its environmental values.

First, the beach, including private areas, is subject to "tillage" by the heavy machinery of the City of San Javier, something that is not foreseen in the Plan for the Regulation of Natural Resources of the Regional Park.

These cleanings of the beaches have affected two protected and threatened species: the endemic Esparraguera del Mar Menor (Asparagus macrorrhizus) and the Senecio of the dunes (Senecio glaucus), the first one would be "Critically Endangered" according to the IUCN criteria , while the second would be "Endangered".

Both are protected with the categories of Special Interest and Vulnerable according to Decree 50/2003.

In addition, the arribazones removed from the beaches are discharged without control and without authorization over the habitats of community interest of the Park producing irreversible damage to them.

The purpose of these cleanings is to allow the celebration of events (mainly weddings) of an adjoining establishment.

The events include the placement of facilities in the DPMT (and therefore, inside the Regional Park), as well as music and even fireworks.

These activities are not foreseen in the Plan for the Regulation of Natural Resources of the Park.

In addition, only 100 meters away from a colony of terns (Sterna albifrons), a bird of Annex I of the Habitats Directive and cataloged as "Vulnerable" of Law 7/95 are made.

The absence of protection of this portion of the Regional Park has been warned on several occasions by the representative of ANSE on the Governing Board without the Administration having taken any action.

For this reason, ANSE has called for the immediate action of the Demarcation of Coasts and the Autonomous Community to reverse the situation and ensure the protection of conservation objectives.

ANSE regrets that the only proposal made by the Autonomous Community has been to raise a wooden footbridge increasing the pressure on space.

The ANSE complaints got a few years ago the elimination of illegal fishing by paranzas in this priority conservation area of ​​the Park, which nevertheless continues to receive great pressure on both banks and access of boats for sport fishing.

Source: ANSE

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