Barcelona City Council has started this year’s high bathing season on the city’s beaches this Saturday, which It will last until September 11.
It involves the expansion of the main services on the city’s beaches, such as rescue and first aid, bathing support and information, the City Council reported in a statement.
On the occasion of the high bathing season, the council has launched a plan to Comprehensive improvement for the bathroom area in the Barcelona Forum with the aim of “enhancing its use by citizens”.
On May 17, the modification that includes the prohibition of smoking on the beaches was initially approved, an initiative that is now in the public consultation phase and that the council estimates that it will be definitively approved at the end of July.
The beach for dogs, with capacity for 100 dogs, also opens from this Saturday, and this summer it opens a new direct and exclusive access from the upper area of the Llevant beach promenade.
Barcelona launches sun and beach season with a black flag behind their backs: a recent study indicates that three of the beaches with the most floating microplastics in the water are on the coast of the Catalan capital. Sant Sebastià, Nova Icària and Llevant, all in the city, are the most polluted bathing areas in Catalonia.
This is stated in the results published by the journal Environmental Research Letters of the members of the Consolidated Research Group (GRC) in Marine Geosciences from the Faculty of Earth Sciences of the UB, with the collaboration of the Spanish delegation of the NGO Surfrider Foundation Europe.
Among the top-3, the most polluted is Sant Sebastià beach, belonging to the Ciutat Vella district. Visually, it’s the one from the famous Hotel W to Barceloneta, a little before the Port Olímpic. Perhaps the most iconic in Barcelona, In this bathroom area there are 1.4 plastics per square meter, while the Catalan average is 0.33. It is also one of the largest in the Catalan capital, with a length of approximately 660 meters.
It is followed by Nova Icària with similar figures (1.08) of microplastics rcollected on average per square meter. Belonging to the district of Sant Martí, it is the one that follows after Port Olímpic and in the direction of Besòs (towards Badalona). According to data from the City Council, it is the one that registers the longest stay time by users. The most familiar in Barcelona.
And the third is Llevant one step away, with 0.60 microplastics in the same water surface. This is the last of the beaches created on the coast, located next to the Nova Mar Bella -in the Forum- and was incorporated into the city 16 years ago, in the summer of 2006.
And what microplastics have been found? Materials of more than 0.3 millimeters floating have been collected between October 2020 and June 2021 by a group of volunteers who went sailing scheduled with kayaks, surfboards and other boats rowing along the shoreline.