Oxford University group visit El Puertito!

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The Adeje Council hosted a group from Oxford University last week and one of the key visits was to El Puertio where the group met members of the Organización Océano Sostenible who outlined the different investigations and underwater recovery programmes they are involved in along this part of the Adeje coast.

Together the Adeje education councillor Andrés Pérez Ramos and David Novillo from the Organización Océanos Sostenible, welcomed the delegation who were interested in finding out more about the Marine Classroom SEALAB project in place in El Puertito de Adeje.

The councillor said “we welcomed a group of people expert in the environmental field who had already learnt of the Marine Classroom project in a recent congress in Salamanca, and as a result of that specifically asked to visit El Puertito and find out, first hand, the manner in which the seabed in El Puertito is evolving and being treated.”•

The Oxford representatives were interested in learning as much as they could about the recovery of the seabed in Adeje, which is also the natural habitat for the local turtle population, the green sea turtle.

During their stay in Adeje the group took part in a number of different environmental workshops and studied the diverse Canarian flora and fauna and were delighted to see living examples during their time in El Puertito.

The councillor also noted that “this was not the first time that an international group have been interested in the work along this part of the coastline, and during the XII International Congress of Educating Cities the SEALAB project was chosen as one of the most innovative both at an environmental as well as educative level.

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Caring For The Sea

tortugas medanoThese pictures released yesterday by the Tenerife Cabildo show, yet again, the need for all of us to care for the sea as one of our most precious environmental assets as well as home to thousands of living species.

These turtles were rescued off the El Medano coast in April and are just two of the 1,200 rescued in the last 15 years by the insular rescue centre which is Cabildo funded.

According to the experts fishing nets are one of the main culprits, along with plastic bags and plastic can rings which choke the turtles and other marine creatures.