A report by the Spanish Institute of Oceanography has said that agricultural nutrients being discharged into the Mar Menor was the main cause of the widespread death of sea life in 2020.
The report confirms earlier reports that increases in fertilisers and chemicals in the lagoon caused an increase in algae and phytoplankton, causing the waters to lose oxygen.
WHilst the original document was written before this summers large loss of life, an updated version has been released stating that they believe the cause for this years mass mortality to be similar.
They also warn that the lagoons ecosystem can no longer self-regulate – but they do go on to say it could be recovered if agricultural and human pollution is brought under control swiftly.
Source : English Radio News