MALLORCA environmentalists want to expand the Cabrera National Park TENFOLD to 100,000 hectares.
The Ministry of Ecological Transition has submitted a proposal to the national government with the support of green groups Greenpeace, Oceans, World Wildlife Fund, the Amics de la Terra Mallorca and others.
The plan calls for the mass expansion of the park’s waters by more than 80,000 hectares, which would make it the largest maritime national park in the western Mediterranean, spanning 90,700 hectares.
The plans include providing protection and conservation to deeper waters, which are home to tuna, swordfish, deep coral reefs and other important wildlife.
The waters are essential for dozens of other protected and threatened species, including whales, turtles and seabirds, who live or migrate through them. The organisations are demanding the proposal be accepted as soon as possible to battle the threats facing the conservation of the Med.
The expansion is expected to be granted by Madrid on December 18.