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Jellyfish-free zones to be set up on some Marbella beaches

A surface-rubbish-removal boat for use alongside beaches.
A surface-rubbish-removal boat for use alongside beaches. / Josele-Lanza
  • Last year 80 tonnes of jellyfish were scooped out of west Costa waters; now with nets and floats, councillors aim to make bathing more pleasant

The councillor for Beaches in Marbella, Manuel Cardeña, has announced he will set up special jellyfish-free areas in the water on some beaches this summer.

Local data shows that some 80 tonnes of organic debris, mostly jellyfish, was removed from western Costa waters last summer as the area suffered from frequent swarms putting bathers off.

Now Marbella believes that it has come up with part of a solution by asking the several floating play-park operators in the municipality to add on a zone in the water screened by a net and floats. On days when there are a lot of jelly fish in the water, bathers will be able to swim there.

Beaches will include San Pedro, Puerto Banús, Nueva Andalucía, Estrella de Mar and Marbella Playa in Las Chapas.