The blooms were seen on Tuesday afternoon for the first time on the coast of Santiago del Teide, in Seco ravine and Masca ravine 22.08.2018 | 14:16

A spot of microalgae has appeared on the coast of the Masca ravine, in Santiago del Teide, from Tenerife. The blooms were seen in particular on the afternoon of this Tuesday, August 21, for the first time on the coast of Santiago del Teide, in Seco ravine and Masca ravine.

According to one of the sailors who navigate the area regularly, the spots continued on Wednesday morning in that same location.

The Regional Ministry of Territorial Policy, Sustainability and Security of the Canary Islands Government, Nieves Lady Barreto, today it has activated the vessel for the control and environmental monitoring of microalgae blooms near bathing areas in the presence of spots detected on the coast of Masca and Santiago del Teide, on the west coast of Tenerife.

After having knowledge of the presence of both spots, from the General Directorate of Security and Emergencies a reconnaissance flight was ordered and the ship was activated, which goes to the area to take samples, which will be delivered to the Spanish Algae Bank (BEA) for identification, and proceed to clean the two coastal points in which the presence of a bloom of a species of algae still to be determined is detected, pending The results of the analysis.

This is a ship specially conditioned for this task that has been hired by the Vice Ministry of Environment . To develop its work, it has a special collection system patented by the Spanish company Ocean Cleaner that, already in the test period that was carried out in the waters of the Islands last year, proved to be very effective with this type of phenomenon natural.

“The vessel will be based in Tenerife, because it was the island where microalgae blooms occurred last year, but it will move around the Islands when its intervention is required. We have requested a quote to the owner company to be able to count next year with a second boat that would be based in Gran Canaria, as long as the results are positive, “explains the counselor Nieves Lady Barreto.

The ship will have multiple functionality since, although, it will mainly focus on the monitoring and control of microalgae blooms near beaches and bathing areas , it will also be conditioned to cover accidental hydrocarbon spills in the sea.

Last summer was the first time the microalgae appeared.

Source: La Provincia – Diario de Las Palmas

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