09 March, 2015  |  HARBOUR
Club de Mar-Mallorca becomes an educational center for the rescue of tortoises
Club de Mar-Mallorca will be one of the centres informing about marine fauna and, in particular, about managing the rescue of tortoises and cetaceans after becoming one of Palma Aquarium's collaborators. The agreement was signed today by Antonio González Clemente, representing Palma Aquarium, and José Luis Arrom, managing director in Club de Mar-Mallorca
According to this agreement, Club de Mar-Mallorca will spread information about marine fauna and, in particular, about managing the rescue of cetaceans and tortoises. The marina will display a poster, visible to many users, describing the protocol that must be followed when first assisting tortoises. There will also be a temporary rescue tank for these animals.

Debora Morrison, Palma Aquarium's preservation manager, has stated that this campaign's goal is for users to know that their marina, base or transit, has a tank and an action plan, so they are sure about how to proceed if they encounter an injured tortoise. From the moment the animal is transportated to the yacht club, Palma Aquarium, which is authorized to conduct marine fauna rescues, takes over the animal's recovery with the help of their professional team.

This agreement is for José Luis Arrom 'something natural' because of the Club's commitment with the information about respect for the nature among its members, users and, especially, students at the sailing school.

'The agreement - says Arrom - also entails the organization of talks for students and parents at the sailing school, as well as participants in the Cluma Regatta (July 2nd), Club de Mar Trophy (July 18th) and the XXI Illes Balears Classics Regatta (August 12th to 15th) and for the Club's staff. All of this is an addition to our environmental policy and an added value to our members, who will also benefit from special discounts in Palma Aquarium'.

The three main tortoise species living in the Mediterranean - the leatherback sea tortoise, the green tortoise and the loggerhead sea tortoise- are threatened by pollution from heavy metals and plastics, non-selective fishing (around 37% is calculated to be injured by hooks and fishing lines) and the destruction of their habitats. To inform the sea users about these problems (especially among the youngsters) is very important to minimize to impact of human activities in a species that used to live in our waters not long ago.

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