DENIA town hall is challenging an Environment Ministry project to designate 10 marine areas as Special Conservation Zones.
These include Denia’s l’Almadrava, already classed as a Location of Community Interest (LIC) and a Special Protection Zone for Birds (ZEPA) included in the Red Natura 2000 network.
Denia is objecting to the Ministry’s decision to prohibit fishing techniques where nets are in contact with the seabed, effectively putting an end to the traditional Tresmall method practised on this part of the coast.
“Tresmall is a skilled activity with low impact on seagrasses or the habitat that the project wants to protect,” the town hall argues, which will ask the Generalitat’s Culture department to declare Tresmall an Asset of Local Relevance (BRL).
Regarding moorings for pleasure-craft, the town hall announced that it will install environment-friendly buoys with ecological mooring lines in areas where there are no Posidonia Oceanica underwater meadows.
Meanwhile, the town hall stressed that it was in favour of increasing the l’Almadrava LIC to 4,615 hectares, protecting not only Posidonia but also Cymodocea nodosa (Little Neptune Grass).
The council will be holding a vote on these objections at the plenary session on August 27, the town hall announced.