No environmental drawbacks to proposed fish farm off the Villaricos coast

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No environmental drawbacks to proposed fish farm off the Villaricos coast
VILLARICOS PROJECT: Proposed fish farm would produce 4,500 tons of bream and seabass each year Photo credit: Egpt Independent

THE Junta de Andalucia pronounced the proposed fish farm off Villaricos as environmentally viable.

The project involves 42 cages together with another nine holding pens as well as storage platforms for feed.  The 259-hectare fish farm is expected to produce 4,500 tons of bream and seabass each year, according to the Spanish media.

The Junta’s Sustainable Development delegation to Almeria explained that only the storage zone would be inside the Levante Special Protection Zone (ZEC).

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All of the cages will be located more than 1.5 kilometres away from Villaricos’ meadows of the Posidonia Oceanica seaweed that is vital for maintaining marine biodiversity.  They will also be almost 800 metres away from submerged reefs, revealed the Sustainable Development department, adding that it did not foresee a negative impact on colonies of nesting birds on Terreros Island which is more than 11 kilometres distant.

None of the area’s different types of dolphins would be adversely affected as their habitats are at a greater distance from the coast than the fish farm although Sustainable Development mentioned the “possible interaction” of bottle-nosed dolphins as  fish farm studies found “clear signs” that they regard them as a source of food.

The Junta report also stated that there were no documented cases of fish farms posing a threat to loggerhead turtles or migrating whales.


Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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