The Regional Minister for the Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries of the Balearic Islands, Vicenç Vidal, and the Regional Delegate for Red Eléctrica de España in the islands, Eduardo Maynau, today signed a collaboration agreement for the promotion and dissemination of good practices concerning the anchoring of boats around the islands with the purpose of preventing impacts on Posidonia seagrass meadows and also on the submarine power cables.
This agreement, which will be in force until October 2019 and will cover two tourist seasons, gives continuity to the agreement signed and fulfilled in 2017. Within the framework of the collaboration agreed today, Red Eléctrica will contribute 20,000 euros per year that will go towards the publishing of 35,000 informative pamphlets that will be distributed in all the ports and yacht clubs of the islands. Moreover, this contribution will also serve to strengthen the monitoring and advisory service of the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries regarding the anchoring of boats.
The pamphlet, printed on water-resistant biodegradable material and published in five languages (Catalan, Spanish, English, German and Italian), aims to remind boat users of rules regarding anchoring and inform them not only about the importance of Posidonia meadows in the conservation of coastal systems but also of the submarine power links that help guarantee the electricity supply and telecommunications.
Furthermore, Red Eléctrica strengthens its monitoring along the route of the submarine electricity interconnection between Ibiza-Formentera with two boats to avoid anchoring in critical areas of the link, especially in those areas closer to the coast up to a depth of 25 metres. Boats that are found within an area of 50 metres either side of the coastal route of the link will also be given information. After the tourist season, a complete inspection of the route of the interconnection between the two islands will be conducted.
Through this campaign, Red Eléctrica, as the system operator and manager of the electricity transmission grid and submarine electricity interconnections in the Balearic Islands, shows its commitment to sustainable development and environmental protection, objectives included in its environmental policy and biodiversity strategy.
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