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Eco rally against proposed ship anchorage off south coast of Spain

A GROUP of environmentalists formed a human chain in San Roque in protest against a proposed ship anchorage in the Alboran Sea.

The Verdemar-Ecologists in Action group claimed the site, where ships will be able to drop anchor if it is built, would damage the environment and put tourism at risk.

The protest began at 1pm on Torreguardiaro beach. The works are being planned by the Port Authority of Algeciras.

The environmentalists said the impact of the anchorage, which is set to stretch from Gibraltar to the coast of Malaga province, would be “serious”.

“The Port Authority ended tourism in the Bay of Algeciras. It now intends to bury the industry in Sotogrande, on the Mediterranean coast, Cadiz and the Costa del Sol,” the group said.

Habitats including seagrass meadows, rock pools and coral reefs could be affected if the plans go ahead.

San Roque council said in a statement they supported the protest.

Juan Manuel Ordoñez, the council’s environment spokesperson, said the protest was a “very important” one.

“We ask the support of citizens to show their rejection of the Port Authority’s plans of creating an anchorage on our coast.”

“The presence of these vessels could negatively affect the Parque de los Alcornocales in the Borondo and Guadalquiton areas.” he said.

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