As of: 08/28/2021 8:56 pm
Europe’s largest saltwater pond collapses: tons of dead fish washed up on Mar Manor beaches – due to intensive agriculture. Now 70,000 people are protesting against the environmental policy.
Against the worst environmental disaster in Spain in recent years, 70,000 people symbolically embraced Europe’s largest saltwater lake. They formed a human chain around Mar Manor, 73 kilometers away.
Participants wore black shirts to express their grief for the destruction of the environment. They called on politicians to do something about the situation. A minute of silence was paid tribute to the thousands of animals affected by the water pollution. An alliance of nature conservation groups and locals called for the move.
Five tons of dead pond people
Last week, about five tons of dead fish and crustaceans were washed up on the beaches of Mar Menor, in the Murcia region of southeastern Spain. This is not the first bad event in a natural and holiday paradise at one time. About two years ago, for example, three tons of dead pond populations – mainly small fish and crabs – were washed away.
The reason for the extinction of fish is called eutrophication. It is caused by human activities. Environmentalists complain that due to industrial agriculture in the area, low content sludge is coming back into the pond. Nitrates and phosphates ensure that algae spread widely and that other plant species, such as fish and small organisms, lose oxygen.
High temperature accelerates eutrophication. A few days ago they rose above 40 degrees in the Murcia area. This heats the water in the mar manor and further reduces the oxygen content.
The government decided on the conditions
Mar Manor was once considered one of the most beautiful parts of Spain. Today it is often found only in “green soup”, which gives off a putrid odor. The conservative regional government and the left central government are blaming each other.
Ecologists primarily select those responsible for Murcia. The regional government has done nothing against intensive agriculture in the vicinity of the pond which is the main cause of the problems. In the wake of the disaster and protests, the regional government decided this week to set some environmental requirements, but environmental activists rejected it as not enough.
Oliver Neuroth, with ARD Studio Madrid information
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