Eighty tonnes of jellyfish netted on Spain’s Costa del Sol

INVASION: A mammoth 80 tonnes of jellyfish and organic matter collected CREDIT: Shutterstock

THE invasion of jellyfish this summer has seen a huge increase in the tonnage of organic matter cleared from the coastline of western Costa del Sol.

A wider fleet of seaboard boats worked a month longer this holiday season, and collected 80 tonnes of jellyfish and other organisms compared to 1.2 tonnes during the same period last year (June 1 to September 15).

Additionally, 90 tonnes of plastic was removed from the shores and beaches this year, compared to just four tonnes last year. And some 99 tonnes of algae was disposed of.

In Marbella alone, more than 27 tonnes of jellyfish and organic matter was cleared, representing 34 per cent of the total.

Almost 18 tonnes was recovered in Estepona, followed by Fuengirola, with 8.7 tonnes, Mijas (8), Torremolinos and Benalmadena (5.6), Manilva (4.2) and Casares (with 2.4 tonnes).

Aula del Mar biologist, Jesus Bellido, said that while the presence of jellyfish is normal, with the usual upswings in spring and autumn, ‘what has not been normal is the large amount this summer’.

The University of Malaga, the county council, and authorities with the west and east coast of the region, are backing research related to the ‘improvement of the sea’ which is already being undertaken by Malaga Costa Del Sol Board of Coastal Sciences.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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