BALEARIC Environment minister, Miquel Angel Grimalt, said yesterday that the Balearic government is “very interested” in a proposal by international conservation group Greenpeace to create a marine sanctuary for red - and other types - of tuna in southern Balearic waters. “This is something highly important and could be a very interesting development,” said Grimalt. The Minister was speaking yesterday aboard the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior which has been moored up since Thursday at the Muelle Viejo (old jetty) below the Cathedral in Palma. It will remain there until Sunday holding “open doors” sessions whereby the public can come on board and learn about the conservation projects that Greenpeace is spearheading in different parts of the Mediterranean to create a network of marine reserves.

In order to further discuss the setting up a sanctuary, Grimalt met with several Greenpeace personnel, amongst whom was the director of the group's operations in Spain, Juan Lopez de Uralde, and the head of the marine reserve campaign, Celia Ojeda.