Save the bay

“Once destroyed, nature’s beauty cannot be repurchased at any price.”
— Ansel Adams

©Manu Miguelez

The waves and the ecosystem 

The bay of Corralejo has long been recognised for its unique marine environment and perfect conditions for water sports like surfing, windsurfing, swimming, foiling, kiting, paddle boarding, diving, and fishing. This holds a lot of value and not only is it contributing to the quality of life for people living on the island, but it also attracts visitors from all over the world resulting in a sustainable local economy.

The planned construction of a large industrial dock will have fatal consequences for the life and ecosystem in the bay and its surrounding areas. The unnecessary and disproportionate structure will cause irreversible environmental impacts on the seabed, currents, waves, and natural habitat of protected species. The water in the bay will not be renewed as often and with more traffic and less movement of water, the bay will become a hostile environment for wildlife. 

The position of the new dock will cause the waves of Punta Elena, Waikiki, and El Muelle to change or disappear and others will most likely be affected too. 

Protection of biodiversity

All of this is funded with PUBLIC MONEY under the cover of improving infrastructure when in fact it is not necessary.  

In 2009, Fuerteventura was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and large constructions such as airports, highways, marinas, and industrial ports go against ground values of sustainable development and the protection of biodiversity. 

The 32 million euros project will take years to complete, meaning years of dust, noise, and traffic jams in the marina and the surrounding area. Big walls will block the beautiful view of Lobos and Lanzarote and the uniqueness of a city that offers people access to so many water activities without having to commute by car will be lost. 

This project is not progress and what will be destroyed has a way higher value than what will take its place. This will be a terrible loss to the people and island of Fuerteventura, and we are asking for your help to SAVE THE BAY.