Protecting the Mar Menor 


A PROPOSED law will ban irrigation and permit only organic crops in a zone next to the Mar Menor. 

The regulation would affect the strip of land bounded by the AP-7, the N-332 and the RM-12 to the lagoon and is intended to tackle agricultural run-off polluting the environmentally sensitive sea. 

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Recently thousands of fish and sea creatures died from lack of oxygen. While an exact reason for this has not been pinpointed yet, it is thought pollution from agricultural sources may have been a factor. 

An environmental impact report, which the new law is based on, also calls for a ban on the use of slurry as a fertiliser, monitoring of livestock farming, closing down illegal irrigation networks, restricting fishing and developing protected areas in the sea itself. 

The Murcia regional government’s Ministry of Agriculture is now studying the draft law. 


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