Maro / SUR

Environmentalists warn of sunscreen risk

Marine life, such as sea urchin, mussels, octopus, and crabs, are endangered by creams in the water in the Maro cliffs area

Environmental group Gena - Ecologistas en Acción has written to Malaga's provincial authority to warn of the risk to the protected Maro cliffs area of the use of sunscreen by bathers.

In the letter the group urges the authority to close the area to the public as a preventive measure "in view of the more than proven problem of pollution by commonly used sunscreens".

According to Gena, marine life affected includes sea urchin, mussels, octopus, and crabs but it adds, "There is no doubt that many other as yet unstudied species can also be affected."