The Government of the Region of Murcia announced that it will prohibit the use of inorganic nitrogen fertilizers in all of zone 1 of the Mar Menor, the closest zone to the coast, given the critical situation that the ecosystem is going through and to avoid the risk of contamination by nutrients of agricultural origin that could be generated in episodes of extreme rain and due to its proximity to the lagoon. The measure was taken after thousands of dead fish appeared on the beaches of the Mar Menor over the last week, evidencing their deterioration.
This action is intended to help achieve the purposes provided for in article 3 of Law 3/2020 of the Mar Menor, which establishes two areas of agricultural management of the lagoon. This regulation already vetoed fertilization in the 500-meter strip from the seashore, but now the ban on nitrogen fertilizers - which are considered the most polluting fertilizers - will be applied to the entire zone 1.
The initiative will be included in the new decree-law that President Fernando Lopez Miras announced last Friday, and which, according to sources from the Autonomous Community, seeks to apply new measures that increase the protection of the Mar Menor and contribute to its recovery. This measure was taken after wastewater discharges through the boulevards were banned and both measures will be reflected in a document that will be released in the coming days.
The autonomous Executive is also planning to include other novelties aimed at reducing by half all administrative deadlines within the processing of disciplinary proceedings in the area of the Mar Menor to speed up the processes against offenders.
The regional government emphasized that it had always defended the application of sustainable precision agriculture that guarantees that fertilizers do not affect the aquifer. However, due to the ecosystem's current state and the risk of new episodes of extreme weather conditions in the coming months, they deemed it necessary to adopt these new measures that reinforce the work that the Community has done in recent years to prevent the superficial entry of nutrients into the Mar Menor.