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01/2019 2.00

"200 visitors: New limit of the visitor numbers on the islet of Lobos "

The Cabildo of Fuerteventura is going to start the control of the numbers of visitors on the islet of Lobos from the first two weeks of January 2019, which is established at a maximum of 200 people in the Use and Management Plan of the islet of Lobos. Fuerteventura's Cabildo, in coordination with La Oliva's Ayuntamiento, the Coastal Department of the Canaries and the Harbour Authorities of Las Palmas, in charge of the harbour of Lobos, have been working intensively over the past few months together with the boat owners and people historically linked to the islet of Lobos, in order to adopt a series of actions that will guarantee the preservation of this unique natural space. First of all, they have put in place measures implemented by La Oliva's Ayuntamiento regarding the control of boats by closing the access to the harbour of the islet of Lobos. Furthermore, the Harbour Authorities from Las Palmas are about to carry out reinforcement work on the harbour of the islet of Lobos and improvements that will make it more accessible, practical and safer. Fuerteventura's Cabildo, on the other hand, is creating a financial norm so that visitors are charged a small amount when visiting the islet of Lobos.

This money will be destined to finance preservation work, cleaning and surveillance of this natural space. The Use and Management Plan of the islet of Lobos has estimated the capacity of visitors according to the characteristics of this natural space, the fragility of resources and the frequency of visits considering that the acceptable limit should be set at approximately 200 visitors simultaneously. At the moment, the Island Commission of Environment Evaluation is reviewing this capacity of visitors. Those measures will ensure that visiting the islet of Lobos is compatible with the preservation of this unique natural park. On the other hand, two campaigns of archaeological excavations will take place this year on the site presents on the islet of Lobos that will become open-air museums

The archaeological site located on the beach of La Calera, also known as beach of La Concha, was discovered at the beginning of 2012 and has allowed the documentation of the first hypothesis concerning the existence of a Roman settlement of considerable size and that was at least seasonal. It was dedicated to the harvest of purple dye murex from marine molluscs, of which over 70.000 specimens have been registered. The discovery of a second site is also linked to the purple dye industry and confirms the seasonal presence of the Roman Empire in the Canaries.

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