Protecting the Balearic Islands

Protecting the Balearic Islands and their Marine Life

Balearic IslandsResearchers at the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) have evaluated for the first time in history, in an unprecedented effort, diverse conservation strategies and the status of the marine life communities that inhabit the beautiful seas that surround the rocky Balearic Islands. This is part of a huge research and awareness campaign in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire Spain.

It might be worth noting, for the unsuspecting reader, that the Balearic Islands are a paradise like archipelago with beautiful beaches and surrealistically clear waters, located in the Balearic Sea (western Mediterranean), south east off the coast of the beautiful Spanish city of Valencia. On the archipelago, the cities of Ibiza and Majorca are located, and each year, the Balearic Islands attract millions of tourists and party / festival goers.

The Balearic Islands are considered to be one of the birthplaces of Balearic disco music and have inspired, since the 70s, generations of musicians and music lovers to make music with tropical elements and sea like, dreamy sounds, slowed down tempos and beach vibes.

During the research process, which involved 70 hours of diving, the status of marine fish communities was studied, like cephalopods and benthic species like coral, starfish, sponges, mollusks, crabs and algae, including invasive species, and other species of special conservation interest.

A team of seven scientists, led by the head of the expedition and scientific head of the Oceanographic Center of Baleares by the IEO, made 58 different scientific dives to record water levels at depth, spatial distribution and the population status of marine communities living in substrate rocky formations. In 10 days, the Infrarock campaign was able to cover 19 observation points scattered throughout the islands, including the points considered as biodiversity hot spots.