There are two marine reserves in Murcia that are famous worldwide for the quality of the diving available. The purpose of marine reserve areas is to protect marine ecosystems with differentiated ecological characteristics and which are of special interest for the regeneration of fishery resources.
Reserva marina de Cabo de Palos e Islas Hormigas.
In 1995, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA), and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Region of Murcia created this marine reserve based on studies carried out by the Autonomous Community and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography.
The elements that characterize the marine environment around Cabo de Palos and Islas Hormigas are high biodiversity, ecosystems in a good state of conservation, among which the POSIDONIA OCENICA meadows and the rocky coral reefs as well as a marked dynamic marine habitat.
The marine reserve has an area of 18.98 km2 and contains an integral reserve in the surroundings of Isla Hormiga, El Bajo, El Mosquito and the islets of El Hormigón and La Losa.
The main objectives of this project is the protection, regeneration and development of resources of fishing interest for the maintenance of sustainable fisheries that allow artisanal fishermen in the area to preserve their traditional way of life and also the possibility of carrying out other low-impact activities (autonomous and apnea diving, environmental education, etc.) that contribute to the economic development of its area of influence.
Ask in your hotel for information about diving companies that visit the Reserva marina de Cabo de Palos e Islas Hormigas.
Cabo Tiñoso marine reserve
The seabed of Cabo Tiñoso holds a great wealth and diversity of underwater flora and fauna and the the richness, beauty and diversity of this area has made it one of the favorite diving destinations in Spain.
Most of the companies dedicated to this activity are located in the town of La Azohía. (https://www.buscabuceo.com/en/diving-center/561/rivemar-la-azohia)
The extensions of the oceanic Posidonia plant occupy the inlets and coves and especially the sandy areas around La Azohía-Cala Cerrada. The meadows of this plant are one of the most productive underwater ecosystems. The Posidonia de La Azohía meadow is the only one on the coast of the Murcia Region that blooms every year due to the special thermal conditions of its waters.
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