Palma.—Oceana yesterday applauded the Balearic Public Prosecutor's precautionary measure to stop Mahon harbour dredging but warned that it will continue working against the dumping of polluted muds into the sea.

Oceana, the international marine advocacy group, said in an official statement that it applauds the Balearic High Court's decision to stop Mahón harbour dredging until non-compliance issues are clarified.

This decision provides a ray of hope to all people and entities that are working so this dredging is only undertaken with full guarantees in terms of health, environment, tourism and fisheries for the Minorca Island. “We will keep on working so the polluted muds are not dumped into the sea”, remarked Xavier Pastor, Executive Director of Oceana in Europe. “These muds must be processed on land so that they are decontaminated with full safety and control measures”.
Oceana wants to acknowledge all the people that have stepped up against the dredging, giving an example of a society that wants to protect the same environmental values by which Menorca was declared a Biosphere Reserve.

The best way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Minorca's Biosphere Reserve is by demonstrating the environmental awareness of Minorca's people and ensuring that the Mahon harbour dredging is conducted under full safety conditions.