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End of application submissions to moor in S'Estany des Peix

foto 2022 retirada estanyThe Formentera Office of Environment reports that the deadline for applications to moor in S'Estany des Peix has passed. Requests will now be reviewed and the provisional list of recipients will be published on the bulletin board of the Consell de Formentera as soon as scoring criteria are applied, in approximately June.

An initial tally registered roughly 480 applications; some are repeats, and some, like those on list 6, present characteristics that make the applicant ineligible for mooring, as set out in the rules on mooring and the legal rubric for mooring equipment. The scheme to regulate moorage in S'Estany des Peix envisions the installation of mooring points on floating pontoons and 207 anchoring points, which will be distributed across low-impact buoys.

Antoni Tur, Councillor of Environment, said the first review of applications was still pending, but asserted that the number of requests was in line with expectations, "given the large number of boats that anchor in summer in this protected site". He also remarked that the Consell "will comply with the objective of preserving this space". Tur pointed out that the regulations approved in plenary prioritise "traditional boats of limited length and engine power", and that the number of years a boat has been anchored will also be taken into account. The rules also offer a bonus for traditional boats, retired individuals and large families.

People who wish to receive information on the procedure can contact the Formentera Office of Environment in Sant Ferran. From 2 May, the office is open from 10.00am to 12 noon.

300-plus dead weights pulled from lake bottom

Crews continue to remove derelict anchors, or dead weights, and install pontoons and environmentally-friendly buoys at S'Estany des Peix. Since the start of the work, more than three hundred moorings and two hundred kilogrammes of waste have been removed from the floor of the lake, and there is still a large area to be cleaned.

Councillor Tur highlighted the cooperation of seafarers and people whose boats are anchored at the lake while work is under way.

Soon the Consell de Formentera will start hiring staff to control the regulated anchorage scheme and to assist users.

29 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Natural treatment to curb mosquitoes and chironomids in Ses Salines wetlands starts today

The Formentera Office of Environment, reports that from today, Tragsa agents will pilot 32 days of fumigation operations in wetland areas of Ses Salines Nature Reserve that will end in late October.

Operations will include areas of freshwater where mosquito and chironomid larvae develop near Estany Pudent, Estany des Peix and the Marroig salt marshes. The natural treatment employs Bacillus thuringiensis Israeliensis, which acts specifically on the larvae of these insects.

25 April 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera joins Earth Hour

foto Hora del planetaThe Consell de Formentera will once again take part in the voluntary blackout for Earth Hour 2022 tomorrow, Saturday 26 March from 8.30pm to 9.30pm, adding Formentera's voice to the symbolic call to throttle climate change by switching off the lights of the churches of Sant Ferran and Sant Francesc and the municipal funeral parlour.

25 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Relocating boats in Estany des Peix

The Formentera Office of Environment (Conselleria de Medi Ambient, CMAF) reports that, as part of the project to regulate mooring at Estany des Peix, boat owners are asked to move vessels in zones 3, 4 and 5 of Estany des Peix as soon as possible so that works can continue.

Questions? Inquiries should be directed to the CMAF via telephone (971.32.12.10, Monday to Friday) or e-mail (mediambient@conselldeformentera.cat).

12 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

foto 2022 zones fondeig preferit

New flour mill brings Farmers' Co-op one step closer to reviving island's agricultural sector

foto 2022 moli fariner A1Today Ana Juan, President of the Consell de Formentera, and Josep Marí, Councillor of Rural Affairs, attended a presentation before media representatives of the new flour mill of the Formentera Farmers' Co-operative (Cooperativa del Camp, CCF) that was given by CCF president Marcos Ribas and manager Carlos Marí.

Ribas expressed his satisfaction with the opening of the flour mill, which "will mean the CCF and our associates can start processing our own grains for quality, edible flours and take them to market". "This way", said Ribas, "we improve the agricultural sector and incentivise new producers".

The flour mill cost €27,000 and the civil works to instal it cost €52,000 (both with VAT included), with funding provided by the CCF. A handmade stone and wood mill manufactured in Austria, the flour mill ensures that the properties of grain are preserved during milling.

Carlos Marí pointed out that flour would be the CCF's first processed product intended for human consumption. He described it as "a select flour with an organic quality seal that will provide added value for farmers, who can get a better return on the grain they grow".

For her part, President Juan praised the CCF "for having started up this mill, which will make it possible to obtain Formentera's traditional xeixa flour, which can then be used at bakeries and restaurants on the island for bread and more". Josep Marí, Councillor of Rural Affairs, said the new infrastructure would serve as an outlet for all the grain produced on the island as part of the CCF-led push in recent years. This year local farmers have already harvested 35,000 kilogrammes of xeixa and 22,000 kg of barley.

The CCF has said this project will help achieve the following objectives:
• Encourage islanders to eat local.
• Adapt the food distribution chain for local production and consumption. Minimise the environmental footprint of transport.
• Offer islanders a quality product with organic certification.
• Promote traditional agricultural products like xeixa wheat, mollar wheat, native barley and oats. The mill will also be a sounding board for publicising traditional flour, and will be open to the public.
• Promote xeixa flour in bakeries and restaurants.

3 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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