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Respect the meadows that bring value to our waters

Posidonia is an endemic plant in the Mediterranean and has been declared World Heritage by UNESCO for its multiple benefits to the environment.

  • The reason our beaches have such fine, white sand and our waters have that transparent and unique turquoise colour is because of the Posidonia.
  • It is a species of native and protected marine plant that, by filtering the waters, maintains the habitat of the marine flora and fauna of our islands.
  • Posidonia meadows are a protected asset. There are zones where anchoring is prohibited by law. Please check before anchoring in a prohibited zone.
  • It is the largest and oldest living organism on the earth, whose age has been estimated to be around 100,000 years.
  • It has fruits, flowers, leaves, stalks and roots. It flowers in autumn and bears fruits known as “sea olives”.
  • The meadows generate between 4 and 20 litres of oxygen per square metre daily, being one of the most important sources of oxygena¬tion in the Mediterranean.
  • More than 400 plant species and 1,000 animal species inhabit the Posidonia meadows.
  • Its destruction would affect local economies that live off fishing and would make the sea bed less interesting.

Taking care of the Posidonia is essential to conserve this fantastic environment and it is the responsibility of everyone

We all play a role in protecting the Posidonia. Follow these steps:

1 Do not anchor above the Posidonia meadows. Check before anchoring.
2 Respect the marine life in the meadows. Do not disturb the fauna or pull up any plant species.
3 Take care when swimming so that you don’t damage the sea beds or raise sediments.
4 Keep the sea beds free from rubbish. Do not throw any waste into the sea and if whilst anchoring or diving you find any plastics, lead weights or batteries, take them with you onland and throw them away in their respective containers.
5 Participate as a volunteer in the network that mon¬itors the Posidonia meadows. Find more information at eu.oceana.org and balearslifeposidonia.eu

Taking care of the Posidonia is essential to conserve this fantastic environment and it is the responsibility of everyone

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