Europe’s largest saltwater lagoon at ecological ‘tipping point’, green groups warn

Intensive farming, water mismanagement and urban growth threaten the survival of the largest saltwater coastal lagoon in Europe, campaigners from WWF Spain have reported

Intensive farming, water mismanagement and urban growth threaten the survival of the largest saltwater coastal lagoon in Europe, campaigners from WWF Spain have reported.

Thousands of fish deaths in recent weeks have been caused by low oxygen levels in the Mar Menor lagoon, located in the southeastern Spanish region of Murcia.

Rafael Seiz, water expert at WWF Spain, said: “The Mar Menor is at a tipping point, suffering from one of the worst episodes of diffuse pollution and biodiversity loss in recent history.”

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