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Fireworks disrupting seals in Peyia sea caves – Green Party

Firework displays are disrupting the endangered seals in Peyia sea caves, the Green Party said in an announcement on Tuesday.

The Paphos committee of the party said that it observed firework displays in the area and added that it “is ironic that measures such as reducing lighting, prohibiting fishing and the circulation of boats in the area were taken, when at the same time some thoughtless businessmen are setting off  fireworks.”

The party urges the Environment Department and the Department of Fisheries to respond to its allegations and calls on authorities to say who gave a permit for the firework displays to take place.

“We urge all responsible authorities to assume their responsibilities. The measures must be applied universally not selectively and with no effect,” the announcement concludes.

Fourteen Mediterranean monk seal individuals live in the Peyia sea caves. The Mediterranean monk seal is the most endangered type of seal in the world and the only type in the Mediterranean.

According to the Ministry, seals were first officially recorded in Cyprus in 1959 while in the period 1970-2010 sightings were sporadic and rare. Since 2011, there has been a recovery in population numbers, it said.

The Peyia sea caves are a Natura-2000 protected area.

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Η Επαρχιακή Επιτροπή Πάφου του Κινήματος Οικολόγων – Συνεργασία Πολιτών, καταγγέλλει την χρήση πυροτεχνημάτων στην περιοχή Καφίζη στις Θαλασσινές Σπηλιές.


Είναι γελοίο και οξύμωρο να μιλούν για μέτρα προστασίας όπως ο φωτισμός,  η διέλευση σκαφών από την ακτογραμμή, η απαγόρευση ψαρέματος και από την άλλη κάποιοι ασυνείδητοι επιχειρηματίες να ρίχνουν πυροτεχνήματα.


Ποιος αδειοδοτεί αυτές τις δραστηριότητες; Τι λέει το Τμήμα Περιβάλλοντος; Τι λέει το τμήμα Αλιείας και τί η Επαρχιακή Διοίκηση;


Μπορεί ο καθένας να ενεργεί κατά το δοκούν;


Καλούμε όλους τους αρμόδιους όπως αναλάβουν τις ευθύνες τους. Τα μέτρα πρέπει να είναι καθολικά και όχι να εφαρμόζονται επιλεκτικά και αναποτελεσματικά.

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