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The Community of Murcia reports that it has implemented 100% of the measures included in the Mar Menor Law.

Inter-administrative Coordination Forum on the Mar Menor, held in Cartagena - CARM
Inter-administrative Coordination Forum on the Mar Menor, held in Cartagena – CARM

The regional government gave an account this Friday of the state of implementation of the measures included in the Law for the protection and recovery of the Mar Menor two years after its entry into force and stressed that “the Community has implemented one hundred percent of the actions to be undertaken to advance the improvement of the ecosystem.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Water, Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Environment and Emergencies, Antonio Luengo, after the Inter-administrative Coordination Forum on the Mar Menor, held this month in Cartagena, where he explained that “I have asked the Regional Assembly to appear to explain this report in detail and review chapter by chapter the implementation of the Law”.

The Law is divided into eleven chapters, comprising 86 articles “which contain measures to reduce each of the pressures on the Mar Menor”, he pointed out, “with one hundred percent of these measures having been initiated, some of which have been implemented and others are being implemented on an ongoing basis, given the need to maintain them continuously”. Specifically, 59 percent of the actions have already been carried out and 41 percent are in progress.

The Minister recalled that “the Government of López Miras has been working for years for the Mar Menor, promoting initiatives, helping local councils in local competences, offering the Government of Spain its willingness to assume competences and training the sectors involved to promote compliance with the Law”.

In addition, Luengo took the opportunity to “thank the involvement of the sectors that are having to make the most changes to their production processes”, highlighting livestock and agriculture, “who are making large investments to ensure the sustainability of their actions and their compatibility with the recovery of the Mar Menor”.

During his appearance, the Minister for the Environment highlighted, among others, the installation of 1,000 humidity probes, the denitrification project using wood chips, the construction of environmental tanks and improvements in wastewater treatment processes, the repair of municipal rainwater and sewage networks, the removal of biomass and boats and permanent monitoring, “real and effective measures, which anyone can see and verify by visiting the Mar Menor basin and which demonstrate with facts the commitment of the regional government”.

During the meeting, the evolution of the ecosystem was also discussed, thanks to the permanent monitoring of the physico-chemical parameters carried out by the regional government, which allows us to know its state.

Thus, the measurements taken on Wednesday 3 August put the average oxygen value at 5.63 mg/l, chlorophyll at 0.77 ug/l, salinity at 42.24 PSU, turbidity at 1.06 FTU and temperature at 30.89 degrees centigrade.

The spokesman for the Scientific Committee, Emilio María Dolores, warned that “these measurements reflect the average level of all the measuring points, although a notable increase in chlorophyll has been detected in the area between Baron Island and Perdiguera Island, which could mean an increase in turbidity in the area in the short term, so we have reinforced the monitoring in this area to check its evolution”.

On the other hand, it was highlighted that the work of removing biomass from the Mar Menor has so far this year removed a total of 14,514 tonnes, which has meant extracting 323.4 tonnes of nitrogen and 10.77 tonnes of phosphorous from the ecosystem. The regional government’s clean-up operation, made up of 150 workers and fishermen, will continue its daily work.


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