House prices in a Spanish expat neighborhood are at a standstill as tourists avoid the stink of the Mar Menor.
As the lagoon’s state continues to worsen, house prices in the popular expat enclave surrounding the Mar Menor in Murcia have come to a halt. This website spoke with campaigners about the fight to prevent the Mar Menor from being destroyed.
The saltwater lagoon, Mar Menor, was once one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Spanish region of Murcia, and many British expats own property there. However, as the lagoon deteriorates into an environmental calamity, property prices have come to a halt.
According to scientists, the saltwater lagoon was heavily polluted after intensive farming caused a lack of oxygen in the water.
While many locals remember swimming in the crystal blue waters of the Mar Menor as children, they would never go near the green water now.
Tons of dead fish and shellfish washed up on the lagoon’s shores in August, shocking tourists and locals.
Overgrowth of algae produced by pollution, according to ecologists, can restrict sunshine and oxygen in the ocean, killing marine life.
Client Earth, an environmental law organization, spoke with This website about their campaign to help the Mar Menor.
“We’ve seen mass losses of marine life over the last few years, which is incredibly tragic,” Earth told this publication.
“Not only does it look bad, but it also stinks, and wildlife is dying and disappearing.”
“It’s causing tourists to avoid visiting what was once a very lovely place.” It’s also a conservation area.
“People are angry because they can see the economic consequences of what’s going on there.”
Tourist destinations have been cancelled for 2021, according to the Spanish newspaper El Pas, as people choose to avoid the contaminated lagoon.
According to experts, the polluted lagoon is now affecting house prices in the neighboring neighborhood.
According to a Bank of Spain study, prices in similar Alicante neighborhoods have risen by 40% in the last six years.
House prices on the Mar Menor’s coastlines, on the other hand, have stayed nearly stable since 2015.
Thousands of people created a human chain along the lagoon’s coast in August to protest its state.
The Spanish government recently committed a 300-million-euro investment in the restoration of the Mar Menor.
The Spanish Ministry of the Environment has stated that it intends to restrict several farming techniques in the region.
Client Earth and its partner, before the government declaration, “Brinkwire News Summary.”