Reader’s Letter: AAM

LHR Amigos del MarHi David Darby,

It’s not often that we get to celebrate the successful outcome of right against might. I am delighted to report that the proposed mussel farming in this area has been staved off.

I am not going to say totally defeated because that might be naive and doesn’t serve anyone, does it?

Like many people, I hate the imposition of anything that doesn’t include some sort of democratic process and especially where local people would have paid dearly for nonsense imposed from outside.

Recently a group of concerned citizens, including AAM, got together to fight the imminent imposition of mussel-farming units in the La Herradura area by the Government of Andalucia.

Three sites had been chosen, two of them premier dive sites and the total area was to be 45,000 square meters, the size of eight football fields. There would have been no increase in local employment with outsourcing of labor and boats from other places other than La Herradura.

Furthermore, there would have been a significant negative impact on the marine environment in the area with pollution from the products used in the mussel farms and a diminishment of quality of other sea life, as well as direct losses to local tourism and local jobs.

The fight to save the area from this non-ecological imposition was led by a young member of Asociacion Amigos del Mar, Manuela Schrave Alvarez de Cienfuegos. Manuela is a young, local businesswoman and a proud La Herradurena. We are delighted with her achievement and that of her stalwart team. Over 800 signatures backed up this campaign and made the difference.

As an association working very hard to engender consciousness about the challenges posed by climate change, we are also happy to announce that we received an award from the Department of the Environment (Medio Ambiente) earlier this year in recognition of the quality of our work. We are the people behind the annual Festival del Mar that takes place on the first weekend in October.

It’s an action-packed, two days filled with edutainment events. We love to engage new interest and welcome volunteers with a passion for the sea who might want to be part of the move forward to being in the Blue Zone; securing for all of us a new ecology honouring the sea to give us all a healthy future here on this beautiful coast.

If anyone wants more information please contact me on

Kind regards,
Mel O’ Gorman Davies

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