Updated on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 – 18:07
Thousands of dead fish and crustaceans accumulate on the shores of the Mar Menor in a long-standing catastrophe
The situation of the Mar Menor suffocates tourism
The appearance in the middle of this month August hundreds of dead fish in the Mar Menor It has aroused the anger of different sectors by a problem that is created controlled by the administrations and that has dragged on since 2016.
In the last nine days, 5 tons of fish and crustaceans dead due to lack of oxygen in the area, a figure that exceeds that reached in a previous similar episode in 2019.
The first episode of massive fish kills occurred in 2016 and from 1994, in which the Mar Menor was included in the list of wetlands inscribed in the Ramsar Convention, politicians have tried to environmentally improve the lagoon without achieving any success to save one of the largest coastal lagoons in the Mediterranean in 13,500 hectares of coastline.
Below is a list of the most important dates surrounding this environmental disaster:
August 24, 2021
The Segura Hydrographic Confederation (CHS) expels from the public domain the machinery sent to begin the dredging works of the Gola de Marchamalo.
August 23, 2021
Collected 4.5 tns. of dead fish on various beaches in Marmeron.
August 20, 2021
The president of Murcia, Fernando Lopez Miras, asks the central government to recover the depth of the Marchamalo gorge to oxygenate the lagoon.
August 17, 2021
The regional government of Murcia holds the central executive responsible for the situation in the Mar Menor and announces taking the matter before the Prosecutor.
August 16, 2021
Hundreds of small fish are found dead on the shores of Minor Islands, The grandsons and The Urrutias.
July 22, 2020
The Murcia Regional Assembly approves the Mar Menor Recovery and Protection Law with the votes of PP, Citizens and PSOE. They voted against Vox and We can.
December 26, 2019
The Governing Council of the Region of Murcia gives the green light to the Decree Law for the Comprehensive Protection of the Mar Menor, which includes sanctions and supervision of the rainwater, sanitation and Wastewater Treatment Plant networks.
October 24, 2019
The Ministry for Ecological Transition (MITECO) presents to the Government of Murcia a roadmap with measures for the comprehensive recovery of the Mar Menor.
October 18, 2019
The Regional Assembly approves 32 proposals for the Mar MenorAmong them, the approval of the decree law for the comprehensive protection of the lagoon, an extraordinary plan of actions, the urgent implementation of the so-called Zero Dumping plan and an urban moratorium.
October 12, 2019
Tons of dead fish and crustaceans appear due to lack of oxygen in the waters of the Mar Menor.
26 September 2019
The Ministry for Ecological Transition issues a declaration of environmental impact of the solution analysis project to achieve the objective of Zero Discharge to the Mar Menor.
September 19, 2019
The Mar Menor rises up to 70 centimeters due to an episode of torrential rains. In 2016, the Murcian lagoon suffered another flood for similar causes that caused another significant environmental damage.
April 3, 2019
The Civil Guard performs an operation in which seals 48 desalination plants and 25 illegal water wells in the Campo de Cartagena region to avoid polluting discharges to the Mar Menor.
January 24, 2017
The Petitions Commission of the European Parliament urges the European Commission (CE) to rule on the alleged violations of community directives in the community of Murcia to study the deterioration situation of the Mar Menor.
December 14, 2016
The Environment Commission of the Congress of Deputies agrees a non-law proposal to promote an integrated and sustainable management of the Mar Menor, recognizing “the high deterioration of its waters and the possible environmental, social and economic consequences.”
April 12, 2007
The Minister of the Environment, Cristina Narbona, warns of the “high risk” of flooding in areas such as the Mar Menor, due to the rise in sea level as a result of climate change.
November 16, 1994
The Mar Menor is included in the list of wetlands registered in the Ramsar Convention, to which Spain belongs since 1982. The lagoon and its peripheral wetlands have been designated by the United Nations as Specially Protected Area of Importance for the Mediterranean.
April 23, 1987
Approved the law for the protection of uses of the Mar Menor. It was appealed by the PP to the Constitutional Court and repealed in 2001 with the Land Law.
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