Artificial Reefs for Cerro Gordo

The regional Board for Agriculture and Fishing has presented an initial study for the installation of artificial reefs just off the Acantilados de Maro and Cerro Gordo; i.e. the natural park. These seabed constructions will be there to prevent the Posidonia Oceanicameadows being wiped out by illegal fishing nets. This kind of sub-aquatic flora is vital to maintain the ‘health’ of sea environment.

This measure is included within the European project: IFE+Naturaleza ‘Conservación de las praderas de Posidonia oceanica en el Meditarráneo andaluz, which is managed by the Environmental Board and part financed by the Spanish, carbon-hydrate fuel giant, Cepsa. If you are interested in finding out more about this, you can download more information in PDF format from www.lifeposidoniandalucia.es.

A study has already been carried out to establish the actual state of seabed in the area, paying specific attention to the seabed meadows. To do this they will use sonar, sweeping laterally, as well as with divers, and a towed, video camera set up.

Having processed all the gathered information, they have been able to determine which areas are being damaged by these illegal fishing nets that drag the seabed, and thus decide exactly where the artificial reefs will be built.

This is not the first time that the marine authorities have carried out this kind project, as they have been active in regenerating fishing resources since 1989. In 1992, for example, they installed artificial reefs off Punta Sabinar-Punta Torrejón in Roquetas (Almería).

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