We were delighted to welcome Juan Diego López (Secretary of the Hippocampus association) and José Luis Alcaide (Plumbum Project Coordinator) to our March monthly meeting to talk to us about this very important environmental project.
Juan Diego explained that the Plumbum project started in 2017 and its main function is to remove lead from coastal waters, including the Mar Menor, to reduce its toxic effect on the eco-system.
Juan Diego conveyed their appreciation for the ADAPT Metal Detecting group which works in coordination with the PlumBum project and which has to date collected 888 separate pieces of lead amounting to 73 kilos. This is tremendous effort on the part of our Metal Detectors, so thank you from members of ADAPT as well!
If anyone is interested in following up on the information given to us by Juan Diego, here are some links that he has shared with us:
https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov This is an aerial view map in which you can identify the amount of chlorophyll in the Mar Menor.
https://pactoporelmarmenor.blogspot.com/?m=1 El Pacto por el Mar Menor (Pact for the Mar Menor) This is a citizens’ platform formed in defence of the Mar Menor.
https://abrazoalmarmenor.blogspot.com/ This is a group that carries out a number of initiatives and is planning a human chain around the Mar Menor for the 18th July.
In previous years we have had an ADAPT Conservation group and as this now seems all the more relevant, Juan Diego expressed interest in working more closely with ADAPT on specific projects later in the year.