Birdwatchers campaign to stop Jet Ski trips in Ses Salines

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THE Ornithological Group of the Balearic Islands (GOB) have voiced complaints about a project to introduce Jet Ski trips to preservation areas in Ses Salines, Mallorca.

There are plans to place facilities to manage the excursions in the Colonia de Sant Jordi, with day-trippers taking Jet Skis to the Cap of Ses Salines.

Other groups such as the Hotel and Services Association of Colonia de Sant Jordi have also criticised the plans.

They claim that the stretch of coast affected is home to protected species, including areas like the Marine Reservoir of Migjorn, the Site of Community Interest (LIC) and the Zone for Special Proteccion of Birds (ZEPA).

“This area holds extraordinary natural sites and some of its small islands are home for bird species which are at risk of extinction,” said representatives of the association.

They added that the excursions would also affect other users, due to the crowds which are expected to be generated, the high noise of the vehicles, and could even present a danger to other visitors, according to GOB.

However, Ses Salines Council has reacted positively to the project, saying that it would boost tourism.

GOB representatives explained that the area already had other activities on offer for tourists, such as surfing, pirogue and pedalo services, and that Jet Skis would only saturate the market.

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