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Invasive seaweed threatens to damage desalination plant

Fisherman at La Bajadilla marina
Fisherman at La Bajadilla marina / JOSELE
  • Local fishing crews are pleading for the seaweed to be classified as an invasive species

Local public water company, Acosol, will install filters on the suction points that lead to its plants that remove salt from seawater. The presence of fast-growing Rugulopterix okamurae (Japanese seaweed) in the sea just 150 metres away from them was first noticed back in October. Last week it was discovered that the situation had worsened and it is feared that the seaweed could be pushed towards the inflow pipes in a storm.

Local fishing crews are pleading for it to be classified as an invasive species and recent reports by Malaga University “provide scientific evidence that this is an invasive species” that can “damage the balance of marine life”.