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Environmentalists call for tighter controls at protected Maro beaches

Vehicles parked on the access road to Cañuelo beach.
Vehicles parked on the access road to Cañuelo beach. / E. CABEZAS
  • GENA - Ecologistas en Acción have warned of the "negative impact" of 3,000 people going to the protected area every day during summer

maro. Environmental organisation, GENA Ecologistas en Acción, have written to the Andalusian government to call for a limit on the amount of tourists using the beaches in the protected Maro cliffs area.

The organisation highlighted the "negative impact" of 3,000 people travelling to the beauty spot every day during the summer months.

In a letter sent to the Junta on Monday, Rafael Yus, GENA's president, said that while people are looking for quieter beaches, especially since the start of the pandemic, the numbers seen on Maro's beaches are "unsustainable."

Yus also accused Nerja town hall of "always putting pressure on the Junta to allow greater tourism use" in the protected area. He referred to the plans to build a golf course, residential and hotel complex on the Vega de Maro area, which also falls within the protected natural park.

"Fortunately the Junta always responds that the protected area cannot be changed for tourism purposes," he added.

In the letter, Yus also said that the controls for snorkeling in the area, which is home to native species of rare coral, must be tightened to allow only "well chosen" divers who won't damage the ecosystem" and stop anyone from snorkeling there.