The Councillor for Beaches, José Carlos Martín, announced that 2,200 tonnes of this invasive species were removed during June


Last Wednesday, 6th, The First Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Beaches, José Carlos Martín (Cs), made the balance for June, regarding the 'Shock Algae Plan in Mijas' launched this year, in its second edition to prevent the spread of this invasive plant on the Mijas coast. "Our coastline is one of the most important tourist attractions, and we take care of it carefully. We have been fighting against this worrying issue on the Costa del Sol, and we fight it with all our means," says the Mayor. He adds, "during this first high season month, some 2,200 tons were removed, with a cost of 115,000 euros.

In this sense, six tractors work, at night, every day, removing algae which are transferred for use in the composting process and as a biofertilizer. "The removal of this invasive species, the transport and the fee we pay to the recycling plant means that we have this approximate monthly investment to try to alleviate the negative effects of this serious problem. We have already brought it to the competent institutions, which we hope can study a solution in the short term", adds Martín.

Thus, the 'Plan de Choque' against this invasive species, whose official name is 'Rugulopteryx Okamurae', has two aspects. On the one hand, eliminate as many algae as possible and, on the other, prevent them. It is precisely for this second area that Mijas Town Council joined the 'Foro Alga Invasora' last year, to protect the natural and indigenous marine heritage. There are several institutions that will join to constitute the ‘Invasive Algae Forum’ such as, The Biotechnology Institute and Blue Development-IBIDA of the Malaga University, the Campus of International Global Excellence of the Sea, the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, the Andalusian Marine-Maritime Sector, the Chair of Coastal Sciences of the University of Malaga and the association 'Equilibrio Marino'. They aim to find solutions to confront the biological invasion of the Asian brown algae that seriously threatens the survival of the Mediterranean marine ecosystem.


Source: Mijas Comunicación S.A.