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Interview with Julio Fernandez Ramos, Director of Salinera Española

The saline exploitation of the Salinas de San Pedro del Pinatar (Murcia) has always been traditional, the “Carthaginians” remaining from its first exploiters to the present day, and the maritime salinas being a little-known mining exploitation. Salinera Española produces salt in a 100% natural process in which solar evaporation, wind and water movement are the only factors involved in the production of sea salt. It is both a generator of employment and the sole guarantor of the conservation and preservation of the “Regional Park of the Salinas and Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar”.

Salinera Española is in charge of keeping the different ponds flooded, fixing deteriorated areas, protecting sensitive areas, and, ultimately, maintaining, conserving and preserving the Regional Park. This is how the LIFE-SALINAS PROJECT was created, based on sustainable development, since it improves the conservation of priority fauna and habitats in the European Union, in addition to enhancing ecosystem services and improving salt exploitation.

The Main Conservation Actions of the Project are:

ACTION C1: REMODELING OF THE SALT CIRCUIT OF THE NORTH ZONE OF LAS SALINAS. To do this, 1,800 meters of salt mines will be reconstructed/regenerate with termination on the surface of the salt substrate to favor the nesting of the birds.

The results obtained so far are:

• Increase in salinity at the entrance of the crystallizing ponds by 2 degrees baumé, consequently, an increase in salt production.

• Enlargement of the nesting area (Audouin’s gull).

ACTION C2: CONNECTION OF THE COTERILLO POND WITH THE SALINERO CIRCUIT,

Realization of canalization to transfer water from the salt flats circuit and reconstruction of islands and mota.

The results obtained so far are:

• Improved water circulation has favored the recovery of aquatic vegetation, recolonization of the fartet and aquatic invertebrates, a source of food for the aquatic birds that use the lagoon at some point in their biological cycle.

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