Environmental concerns as maritime species are threatened in Spain's Mallorca


Significant amounts of waste have been found in Cala Anguila. Credit: Toni Cirer

ALARMING figures have been released from the Federation of Caves in the Balearic Islands which indicated that there is a 10-metre-high accumulation of waste under Cuevas Genovesa in Cala Anguila in Mallorca, Spain.
Describing the pollution as a ‘huge mountain’, the Federation states that the waste is a mixture of faeces and organic matter in addition to significant amounts of plastics.
Due to the threat posed to maritime species and human health, the Federation has declared the cave as a ‘Zone of Special Conservation’ (ZEC), denouncing the concerning issue to the Ministry of Environment.
Last December, a local conservation group had warned the government about the high concentration of waste which they believed had ended up in the sea due to a poor functioning of sewage systems.
Analysis is now being carried out to find a way to remove the waste without damaging the cave.

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