Staff Reporter

PALMA
THE Spanish Government, through the Ministry for the Environment, has promised to take immediate measures against an invasion of jellyfish on the Spanish coasts.

However, they have not yet finalised the action they are going to take to stop them being a nuisance to bathers and tourists on the beaches around Spain, including the Balearics.

This was announced after a meeting between the Ministry and representatives of the Coastal Department and the coastal autonomous regions.
The Balearics were represented by the director general of the Coastal and Environmental Quality department, Ventura Blach, and the director general of the Fisheries department, Miquel Angel Calvino.

Among the measures discussed were the installation of fixed barrier nets and the use, by fishing boats, of deep sea fishing nets which are prohibited for fishing use but which could be used to capture jellyfish off the main beaches. According to Calvino, because of the characteristics of Majorcan beaches, “everything points to the fact that here we should use the deep sea fishing nets, although we have to agree this with the Ministry for the Environment”.

The aim of the Coastal department is to stop jellyfish arriving on the main tourist beaches, although they will not be taking the same measures in all areas, but will decide the measures depending on the situation and the peculiarities of each beach, for maximum effectiveness.

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