The Posidonia

Oceanic Posidonia


Oceanic Posidonia is a marine plant, and not an alga, which has root, stem, leaves, fruits and flowers. It forms meadows between the surface and the 40 meters of depth in waters of great quality like those of Formentera. It is an endemic species in the Mediterranean and, since 1999 specifically the meadow of the Natural Park of Ses Salines d'Eivissa and Formentera was declared a World Heritage Site.

Posidonia Posidonia represents one of the most important natural values of the island, since it exerts an important function in sediments filtración thus giving a unique transparency, contributes to maintain the quality and oxygenation of the submarine ecosystem where more than 400 species of marine plants and 1,000 species of marine animals are fed and breed; many of them used in the Balearic gastronomy and, finally, the Posidonia berms on the sand avoid beaches erosion.

Extension of Posidonia


The Posidonia creates extensive meadows that cover the seabed, constituting an ecosystem of great beauty that enables the development of recreational activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling. Therefore, it can be said that the contribution of this species, both to the maintenance of environmental quality and the water, and its contribution to the economy of the Balearic archipelago, is vital.

The Balearic Islands have an extension of 55,795 hectares of Posidonia meadows, of which 7,650 hectares correspond to the waters of Formentera. This translates into 76.5 million square meters to protect only in Formentera..

To Help protecting beaches


The Posidoniameadows help to protect the beaches from erosion by preventing the loss of sand and finally providing the habitat where they feed and reproduce more than 400 species of marine plants and 1,000 Species of marine animals many of them used in the Balearic gastronomy.

In addition, the Posidonia creates extensive meadows that cover the seabed, constituting an ecosystem of great beauty that enables the development of recreational activities such as diving and snorkeling. Therefore, it can be said that the contribution of this species, both to the maintenance of environmental quality and water, and its contribution to the economy of the Balearic archipelago, is vital.

Cartography elaborated by the SITIBSA, Government of the Balearic Islands (2012).

Threats

What can i do?

  • The anchoring of boats, whose anchors and chains sweep the seabed
  • Marine pollution
  • Bilge water discharges
  • Sanding and dredging
  • The presence of invasive species
  • Fishing practices that destroy the seabed
  • Climate change
  • Sponsor square meters of Posidonia
  • Become an official contributor to the "Save Posidonia Project”
  • Promote the principles of sustainability adopted for the conservation of posidonia
  • Enjoy the merchandising "Save Posidonia Project”
  • Especial HORECA Formentera

Conservation measures currently implemented in Formentera

1. Regulation with ecological buoys


In the northern part of the island are the field of 51 ecological buoys of the bay of s'Alga on the islet of s 'Espalmador, and 26 in Caló de s' Olí

Among other actions, the installation of 77 ecological buoys has prevented the vessels that visit these coves from being able to tie without their anchoring systems causing the degradation or destruction of the Posidonia prairies. The buoys are for boats of small length (up to 25 meters) and can be booked through the website http://www.cbbasea.com/landing/index.html o del canal VHF 77.

The implementation of the buoys fields in Formentera has been very well accepted among sailors.

2. Anchorage assistance and surveillance service


In 2013, the Government of the Balearic Islands launched a surveillance service and assistance to the anchorage in the area of the beach of Ses Illetes, in the Natural Park of Ses Salines. The vigilantes have the function of informing and making the navigators aware of the importance of anchoring on the sand and not on Posidonia. They help the captains during the maneuver as there are a large number of boats anchored in Illetas during the high season.

The watchmen also control that there are no spills or other activities that damage the quality of our waters. Both the small sailboats and the world's largest yachts want to enjoy the crystal clear waters of Formentera.

3. Increase of tge surveillance boats fleet for 2017


Due to the increase of recreational boats that anchor in the waters of Formentera, from the Balearic Government, for the season of 2017, the increase of the fleet of surveillance boats in the area of the natural park of Ibiza and Formentera is planned.

The Oceanic Posidonia


The oceanic Posidonia is a marine plant, and not an alga, which has root, stem, leaves, fruits and flowers. It forms prairies between the surface and the 40 meters of depth in waters of great quality like those of Formentera. It is an endemic species in the Mediterranean and, since 1999 specifically the meadow of the Natural Park of Ses Salines d'Eivissa and Formentera was declared a World Heritage Site.

The Posidonia Posidonia represents one of the most important natural values of the island, since it exerts an important function in the filtration of the sediments thus giving a unique transparency, contributes to maintain the quality and oxygenation of the submarine ecosystem where more than 400 species of marine plants and 1,000 species of marine animals are fed and breed; many of them used in the Balearic gastronomy and, finally, the Posidonia berms on the sand avoid the erosion of the beaches.

Extension of Posidonia


The Posidonia creates extensive meadows that cover the seabed, constituting an ecosystem of great beauty that enables the development of recreational activities such as scuba diving and snorkeling. Therefore, it can be said that the contribution of this species, both to the maintenance of environmental quality and the water, and its contribution to the economy of the Balearic archipelago, is vital.

The Balearic Islands have an extension of 55,795 hectares of Posidonia meadows, of which 7,650 hectares correspond to the waters of Formentera. This translates into 76.5 million square meters to protect only in Formentera..

To Help protecting beaches


The Posidoniameadows help to protect the beaches from erosion by preventing the loss of sand and finally providing the habitat where they feed and reproduce more than 400 species of marine plants and 1,000 Species of marine animals many of them used in the Balearic gastronomy.

In addition, the Posidonia creates extensive meadows that cover the seabed, constituting an ecosystem of great beauty that enables the development of recreational activities such as diving and snorkeling. Therefore, it can be said that the contribution of this species, both to the maintenance of environmental quality and water, and its contribution to the economy of the Balearic archipelago, is vital.

Cartography elaborated by the SITIBSA, Government of the Balearic Islands (2012).

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