A HUGE chunk of money from the controversial tourist tax is to be spent on replenishing the Balearics’ underwater posidonia plant.

Around one million euros has been put aside to protect the plant that is a vital component of the fragile marine ecosystem.

With around 5% of the marine plant’s area being eroded each year, holidaymakers will be helping Mallorca’s marine life.

There are around 7,333 posidonia meadows in the Balearics, with most less than a hectare in size.

“We have to make an effort to protect them,” said environment minister Vicenc Vidal.

“The plant is a key concern of our legislature because of its ecological role and by capturing CO2.”

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