The general director of the Mar Menor, Miriam Pérez, visited San Pedro del Pinatar today, accompanied by the mayor, Visitación Martínez, to learn about the progress of the work being done to remove the accumulation of algae on the beaches, due to the storm last January and the consequent entry of fresh water to the Mar Menor.
The director general reported the removal of 34 tons of these algae on the beaches of Villananitos and La Puntica and said that "work will continue in the coming weeks on this task."
He recalled that from the General Directorate of the Mar Menor "the removal of accumulated biomass on the banks of the Mar Menor is promoted to prevent its rot and the increase of organic matter and nutrients in the water."
Since 2017, about two million euros have been invested in this concept and since then about 5,000 tons of biomass have been removed from the banks of the Mar Menor.
Miriam Pérez estimated the investment to be made in 2020 in this type of action at 1.5 million euros, and required the Ministry to take the necessary actions to avoid new contributions of fresh water to the Mar Menor.
For its part, the mayor of San Pedro del Pinatar has stressed the importance of removing these algae so that the beaches are in the best possible state and has reiterated the need for all administrations to work quickly in recovery and conservation from the Mar Menor.
Source: Ayuntamiento de San Pedro del Pinatar