El Ibiza Sustainability Observatory has taken advantage of the celebration of World Oceans Day 2020 this Monday June 8 to warn of the decrease in the quality of bathing water of the island in recent years.
Are some of the data collected by IbizaPreservation in its 2019 Annual Report (under development). Data that reveals the urgency to protect our sea and our coast before the climatic emergency.
Thus, in 2010 all the waters analyzed by the Alliance for the Water of Ibiza and Formentera they were rated "excellent". However, in 2019 only 31 points were rated like this, 24% less than in 4.
Some areas that have lowered the quality of their marine waters in the last decade are Talamanca, Figueretas, San Antonio Bay, Santa Eulalia beach, Puerto de San Miguel, Cala Bassa, Cala Vedella and Es Caló d'en Serral.
In addition, the areas affected by fecal contamination increase. Values higher than those allowed in 2019 were produced in Talamanca, Bahía de San Antonio, Escollera de San Antonio, Es Pouet, Puerto de San Miguel and Platges de Comte.
This decrease in the quality of the waters shows the incapacity of the current infrastructures to cover the population demand, especially during the summer. Thus, the Sustainability Observatory is committed to improve sanitation and purification and by strict surveillance through water quality controls.
Another added problem is the Receding Posidonia, a fundamental plant for maintaining the transparency and cleanliness of the waters of Pitiusa, and currently threatened by the massive anchoring of yachts in summer. Although controls and sanctions have increased, Ibiza is the island with the fewest ecological buoys in the Balearic Islands and also in 2019 they decreased compared to those of 2018.
Moreover, the Marine Reserve Freus of Ibiza and Formentera shows the largest number of species of all the Balearic Marine Protected Areas. This indicates that the Es Freus marine reserve and its fisheries management have consolidated the so-called "Reserve effect", through which a recovery of the exploited species begins to be observed.
In summary, it is important to remember on World Oceans Day that a prudent management of the sea as an essential resource is essential to guarantee a sustainable future for Ibiza.