The government of the Balearic Islands approves the expansion of marine reserves. Image; Council of Calvia
The expansion joins the two reserves of the Malgrats Islands and El Toro in response to the full agreement of the town hall of Calvia.
The marine reserves of El Toro and the Malgrats Islands were created in 2004 by the government of the Balearic Islands on the basis of a study by the Balearic Natural History Society, the Council of Calvia has confirmed.
The Balearic Islands Information Bulletin (BOIB) published on Tuesday September 6 the decree for the extension of the marine reserves of the Malgrats and El Toro Islands.
Until now, the total area of these two marine reserves of halieutic interest was 227 hectares. With the unification and extension to the tip of Cala Figuera, they will reach 2,952 hectares, or 13 times more than the current area.
The unification and expansion of the marine reserve will extend the recovery of fishery resources that has occurred in existing reserves to a larger area.
This will increase commercial fish stocks in the southwest of Majorca and promote the fishing and crafts sector and economic activities related to fish watching.
The decree also establishes the flora and fauna extraction activities that are permitted, such as professional fishing of small gear registered in the corresponding census and recreational fishing and shellfish farming.
Recreational fishing on land between Cala de s’Art and Morro de’n Feliu is prohibited.
Regarding underwater activities, the decree establishes two special diving areas, one for El Toro Island and another for the Malgrats Islands. Night dives are not permitted in either.
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