Beach lab day

A roaming laboratory has been on beaches in Almería to teach locals about marine conservation efforts. Juan Jesús Martín, director of the ´Aula del Mar´ said that “this is an information point that aims to teach beachgoers on the need to conserve their beaches, and to inform upon the existence of important populations of marine invertebrates living on recreational beaches across Almería”. The lab will shortly continue on its tour of Malaga, Granada and Cádiz Continue reading Beach lab day

Roquetas drugs arrest

The Guardia Civil have arrested two men running a home delivery drug service in Roquetas del Mar. The police became suspicious after noting a large number of non residents driving through an urbanisation in the outskirts of the city, and mounted a surveillance operation. They quickly noted that people were going to the same flat for very short periods of time. Uniformed officers swooped on clients throughout the course of a day and seized drugs Continue reading Roquetas drugs arrest

Vera & Cuevas beach campaign launched after algae scare

The county council has launched a national advertising campaign to bring tourists back to Vera & Cuevas after the recent algae scare that saw the beaches closed. The cost of the campaign, 25,000€, is coming out of the provincial tourism fund. It will run on the internet, radio and magazine ads and a series of posters. Despite the claim that it will be national, the print and radio ads are only running in Granada, Jaén, Continue reading Vera & Cuevas beach campaign launched after algae scare

Extra cops for the summer season

An extra 60 Guardia Civil officers have been assigned to the coasts of Almería for the summer to help keep the peace. They will backup the usual officers in the tourism zones, many of them mingling plainclothed to spot pickpockets, car thieves and business owners trying to make an honest buck without having to pay any extra tax, ah hem. They’ll also be deployed at the many ferias we enjoy at this time of year. Continue reading Extra cops for the summer season

Vera beach reopens as toxic algae vanishes

Vera Playa has been declared free of the toxic algae that has plagued the beaches in recent days, and with no new medical cases over the weekend the Junta’s health ministry has removed bathing restrictions. However, the algae is still present in Villaricos and Palomares, so the restrictions continue in place there. 8 people were treated on Sunday for exposure to the toxic stuff.  

Vera townhall identifies what type of micro algae has closed our beaches

Although the Junta de Andalucia and its health ministry have limited themselves to vague comments about “some sort of micro algae dinoflagellate” (something the Ecologists find suspicious and are claiming there may be a cover up) Vera townhall has let slip that the specific genus is Ostreopsis. We still don’t know what type of Ostreopsis we’re dealing with. It’s similar to the Junta saying we’re affected by primates; Vera townhall have now come forwards and Continue reading Vera townhall identifies what type of micro algae has closed our beaches

Beach closures are “indefinite” warns townhalls as they issue an update

The closure of beaches in Vera & Cuevas “have no time limit” according to the town halls, who issued a joint statement last night. The Andalusian Ministry of Health recommended the closure of the beaches after a dangerous microalgae which can causes rashes and respiratory difficulties was detected in the water on Tuesday. Dozens of bathers have needed medical attention after coming into contact with the algae. The algae also gets washed up onto the Continue reading Beach closures are “indefinite” warns townhalls as they issue an update

Local beaches closed in major health scare after dozens of bathers affected

The Health Department has cordoned off several beaches in Vera and Cuevas after dozens of bathers yesterday were rushed to medical centres suffering severe allergy attacks which in some cases were causing severe respiratory difficulties. The problem is a type of marine plankton called a dinoflagellate (see wikipedia link). It seems that they are blossoming off several beaches in the area, and can cause severe allergy attacks in bathers who come into contact with them. Continue reading Local beaches closed in major health scare after dozens of bathers affected

Hundreds of sailboat jellyfish wash up on shores

Hundreds of brightly coloured sailboat jellyfish have washed up on shores along the province over the last couple of days. The little blighters are innocuous to humans, unlike their close cousins the Portugese man-o-war, which is deadly. You can tell the difference because one kills you and the other doesn’t (hah!). They tend to float around in schools. Round disks up to 8cm in diameter, with a sail on top which allows them to use Continue reading Hundreds of sailboat jellyfish wash up on shores