The organizations ask that “not be closed” because the origin of the problem “could be far from the beaches where the animals were found”
The Association of Naturalists of the Southeast (ANSE) and WWF asked this Tuesday that the last episode of fish mortality in the Mar Menor “not be considered closed”, and they demand the elaboration of “a rigorous and independent study” on this matter. consider that “it cannot be assured that the cause of death is not the lack of oxygen.”
In a joint statement, both organizations indicate that the origin of the appearance of lifeless fry fish
this Monday in the salty lagoon «it could be far from the beaches where they have appeared the animals “, so that these” could have been dragged towards the banks by the wind and the waves “. Both point out that “without a thorough investigation of what happened, it will not be possible to clarify the causes of this death episode and, in this way, rule out the relevance of the eutrophication process of the Mar Menor as its cause.”
To this, they add that “the justifications provided reinforce the position of the regional government to continue without taking definitive measures to solve the problem at source, even in the medium and long term.” «
Cannot be assured, as the Autonomous Community and a researcher from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena have done that the cause of death is not the lack of oxygen, arguing that the area where the dead fish have appeared had normal levels of this element, “they specify.
ANSE and WWF consider that
the current monitoring of the Mar Menor «might not be the most appropriate to detect possible situations of anoxia, by not measuring continuously, at different depths and throughout the year, the concentrations of different parameters, such as the same dissolved oxygen, which could be indicators of possible mortality ”.
Promotion of the participation council
For this reason, they demand that the Autonomous Community set up the Participation Council included in the Mar Menor Protection Law, which “should be managed jointly with the Ministry for Ecological Transition.”
In addition, they are committed to the constitution of a new scientific committee, whose representative and spokesperson are chosen by agreement and consensus of the different members, “it being recommended that
come from an external and independent center, with sufficient experience in management and recovery of coastal wetlands ».
Finally, WWF and ANSE demand from the Community and the Ministry for Ecological Transition “a pact of institutional respect” that allows
agree and implement the most appropriate measures for the recovery of the Mar Menor. These should be focused, according to the organizations, towards the reduction of intensive agriculture and urban development, the improvement of sewerage systems and wastewater and rainwater treatment, the recovery of public domain channels and the restoration of large areas of intensive agriculture and urban soils in the periphery of the Mar Menor for its transformation into green filters, environmental restoration and the implementation of other infrastructures based on nature.