In 2020, 10 fewer low-impact buoys were managed than in 2018
Ibiza, 04-08-21 – The Sustainable Development Goal No 14 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda seeks careful management of the oceans as the key to a sustainable future, especially at a time when there is a continuous deterioration of coastal waters due to pollution and acidification of the oceans. For the same reason, the Ibiza 2020 Sustainability Report continues to analyse as a priority various indicators related to the protection of our seas.
According to the Sustainability Observatory, in 2020 Ibiza had 3 anchorage surveillance vessels from the Posidonia Surveillance Service of the Balearic Government. During that period, 963 vessels were reported via direct contact with the skipper, 1,107 fewer than in the previous year due, to the pandemic and the reduction in tourism and boating activity during that period.
In total, in 2020, 758 boats were moved from Posidonia to sand due to improper anchorage. “It was a very similar figure in absolute terms to that of 2019 when 788 anchors were registered as being anchored on Posidonia,” explains the coordinator of the Ibiza Sustainability Observatory, Inma Saranova who, however, points out that “in percentage terms, illegal anchorages increased in 2020 compared to the previous year, going from 7.4% in 2029 to 14.2% last year. ”
Management of beaches and ports
Regarding Blue Flags, one of the symbols most recognised as a world standard for tourism eco-quality, Ibiza went from 12 flags in 2019 to 10 in 2020.
Meanwhile, the management of low-impact mooring buoys has varied since they were put in place. Despite this, as evidenced by data from Marilles Foundation’s 2021 Mar Balear Report, included in the Ibiza 2020 Sustainability Report, in Ibiza and Formentera, 10 fewer buoys were managed in both 2019 and 2020 than in 2018.
For this reason, the Ibiza Sustainability Observatory hopes that the data for 2021 will improve after Ports IB announced at the end of last year that it will assume the management of the 23 areas of regulated buoy fields determined by the Posidonia Decree, with the aim of improving the management, efficiency and control of the facilities of the low impact buoy parks. “We trust that the Posidonia decree will be effective in terms of the conservation of oceanic Posidonia in Ibiza and Formentera”, says Saranova, who clarifies, however, that “we will have to wait for the data from the next report to check if progress is made in terms of regulation and funding of fields.”