By Emilia • 14 December 2019 • 18:19
POSIDONIA OCEANICA: Supports a great variety of marine species Photo credit: Nachosan
THE Institute of Coastal Ecology has concluded that Calpe’s meadows of Posidonia Oceanica (Neptune Grass) are in good condition. The Institute reports annually on the local expanses of the seaweed and samples taken from the testing stations at the Arenal-Bol, La Fossa and Cantal Roig beaches found that they are well-conserved. The Posidonia is distributed throughout the Calpe bay, growing at depths of up to 17 metres between the port and the Bol beach although it begins growing at four at the bay’s western limit. Between Puerto Blanco ad Morro de Toix the meadows are unbroken and very well conserved, the Institute found.The ecosystem created by Posidonia Oceanica has EU protection owing to its ecological value and the great variety of marine species that it supports. At the same time, the seaweed is highly sensitive to changes in the transparency of the waters where it grows, changes in salinity, lack of oxygen and man-made erosion
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