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GEN-GOB renews study of state of Posidonia oceanica on the island with the support of IbizaPreservation

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GEN-GOB renews study of state of Posidonia oceanica on the island with the support of IbizaPreservation

This week the marine section of ​​the environmental entity began to examine the environmental state of the meadow of Cala Vedella

Ibiza, 31-03-2023 – Scientists from the marine section of GEN-GOB took to the waters of Cala Vedella this week to continue their annual study of the Posidonia oceanica meadow there.

The fragile situation of this marine plant in the bay of Sant Josep de Sa Talaia is already well known, thanks to results published in September 2022 by GEN-GOB and financed by IbizaPreservation, revealing that 55% of the meadow was dead.

“This study was launched in 2019 with the collaboration of the Town Hall of Sant Josep de Sa Talaia.  Since 2022 we have been able to continue the work thanks to the support of IbizaPreservation,” explained Xisco Sobrado, coordinator of the marine section of GEN-GOB, who also emphasised that “long-term monitoring of Posidonia meadows is essential to determine their environmental status.”

To this end, a fifth consecutive annual study of the Talamanca Bay meadow will take place in the coming weeks, also with the support of IbizaPreservation. In previous years, the study was carried out in collaboration with the Town Hall of Ibiza.

“At IbizaPreservation we believe that the generation of up-to-date data on the state of the Posidonia meadow and its monitoring over time are essential to accurately assess what can be done to guarantee the survival of this species under optimal conditions,” said Inma Saranova, the director of IbizaPreservation.

Three stations in Cala Vedella and five stations in Talamanca, are sampled annually to gauge the evolution of the meadow, according to indicators such as coverage and density.

Additionally, in order to assess the overall environmental situation of the Posidonia oceanica meadows throughout the island of Ibiza, there will be a joint analysis of the information collected not only at the monitoring stations in Cala Vedella and Talamanca but also at Sa Conillera, Cala Llentrisca, Cala d’Hort, Porroig and La Xanga, with additional support from the Town Hall of Sant Josep de Sa Talaia.

The results will be published in December 2023.