Firstly, don’t shoot the messenger, this is an information bulletin………………

We are currently in Sant Eulalia, Ibiza where I picked up a copy of Gaceta Nautica. May edition of the Mallorca nautical paper.

Headline title……………

“Un plan official contempla instalar 1228 boyas de pago en Baleares”.

Attached the on line version…………

(If this doesn’t get it, Google Gaceta Nautica and scroll down where you will find the article)

The article seems to describe (Google Translate) the intention to resurrect a study done in 2010 proposing the positioning of buoys at 33 sites and closing 22 calas to anchoring all together. I couldn’t find a detailed implementation plan or even comment on the next steps, other than a statement that it was debated on March 15th. The local boating industry seems to be very much against the proposals, suggesting that the Government are seeking to blame boaters anchoring for the reduction in posidonia rather than water temperature rises and outfall pollution from the Islands. The online article doesn’t cover as much detail as the paper edition but briefly and amongst others…………..

Mallorca (485)

10 calas closed. Buoys at.. Pollenca 84, Illetas 30, Santa Ponca 87, Andratx 40

Ibiza & Formentera (481)

10 calas closed including Benirras & Vadella. Buoys at Tagomago 7, San Antonio 93, Portinatx 18, Trocador 139

Menorca (262)

3 calas closed. Buoys at Addaia 54, Algairens 40, Es Grau 57.

I have raised the issue with those in the Cruising Association who are better connected with the authorities in the Islas Baleares to see if there are actually any firm proposals.

Hope this is informative, rather than helpful, I guess.
Please see informed comment from the Cruising Association……………..

Successive Balearic Governments have for many years played around with the idea of completely controlling the whole of their coastline and the report of 2010 in this respect was prepared at their request by an authorised engineer. This report remained secret until discovered recently by the nautical press and the Balearic Parliament debate of the 15th March last confirmed that it is still the official policy that yacht’s anchors are the principal source of damage to Posidonia and that they should be controlled as outlined in the report. The fact however that apart from the existing buoys, i.e. Posidonia system and Formentor,Porto Colom etc, nothing has been done towards the new buoys/anchoring restrictions outlined by Nick Ellis, is mainly due to lack of funds, probably assisted by the political instability in Spain where many small parties share power without any one of them having a majority.

The very influential Association of Balearic Marine Enterprises dispute the anchor theory, which they say represents only a very small percentage of Posidonia damage and say that the Government is ignoring all the other factors involved in the said damage, such as the rise in sea temperature, beach regeneration, building works and dredging in harbours and marinas and the discharge of improperly purified sewage and general rubbish into the sea. (There are 124 marine sewage outfalls in the Balearics, said to be not up to standard). The Association claim that since it is the Government’s responsibility (and cost) to keep the sea clean it may be convenient for them to put the blame upon anchors !

Other points which have arisen in this respect are 1) Ports IB, well known to CA members through the Transit Quay system have expressed the idea of taking over and re-organising the “illegal” anchoring and private mooring areas outside the ports of Pollensa, Andratx , Colonia de Sant Jordi & Puerto Portals . and 2) There is a planned “Es Trenc Natural Parc” where mooring will be to buoys ” to avoid collisions between yachts”. (What this means is not clear at present).

If and when all or part of this will happen remains to be seen !

Nick Ellis