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It is forbidden to anchor your vessel in specific areas where Posidonia is present. This sea plant guarantees the health of the beds in the Mediterranean and it is a protected species in the Balearic Islands. Failure to do so could result in a hefty fine. More than 800 pleasure boats were made to move to another spot to drop their anchors in the summer of 2016, given that they were located in areas which are protected as posidonia oceanica were growing in the area. The Captains had dropped their anchors on these beds of sea grass which are of great value to the marine ecosystem and are protected under EU and regional and national Spanish laws.

There have been many complaints from ecologists and in Formentera authorities about the destruction that anchors are causing and it is getting worse each year. These anchors have ruined areas of this sea grass which takes decades to grow. The Balearic Island ministry of Agriculture, the Environment and Regional Planning has developed this tool to make it easier for boats to anchor without damaging the sea bed, particularly the Posidonia prairies, which have been classified as a priority habitat in annex, I to the Habitat directive 92/43EEC, including all the sites of the community importance SCI´s that must be protected.

To help you identify Posidonia areas, use the APP from this link:

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"The Y" Yachting Handbook 2017 by Estela Shipping  

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