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Popcorn Seaweed in The Canary Islands

Calcareous seaweed has become well know for its shape that resembles popcorn and in abundance on the Canary island of El Hierro due to an expoliation place on the beach. As published on Monday in Spanish newspapers El País, visitors are taking about ten kilos a month which is causing a deterioration of the landscape and violating the environment. This has led to the launch of a campaign by the local authorities. The beach is nicknamed PopCornBeach which has been used widely on Instagram with posts from June 27 of 2015. Similar beaches in the north of Fuerteventura have also become famous for the calcareous seaweed on the coast in the place of sand.

From a distance the beaches have a normal appearance but close up you can see that this is not the case and it is covered with pieces of popcorn. Actually, the pieces are white coral that has eroded on the shore, where they mix with volcanic rocks and sand.

The calcareous algae comes almost certainly from the bottom of the Bocaina strait which divides Lanzarote and Fuerteventura where there is a forest of rhodoliths that guarantee the fishing reserves off the coast of the municipality of La Oliva.

This species of algae does not have roots and is in the form of relatively compact balls that are brought to shore by waves. Sea urchins and the limpets feed on this algae which makes them very important to for sea life in the Canries

Lanzarote Population Growing

Since 1998 the Canarian population has grown by 30.5% which is an increase from 497,670 people  to over 2.1 million people according to the Statistics of the Historical Evolution of the Istac Population.
Fuerteventura is the island where the population has grown the most as it has more than doubled, from 49,020 inhabitants in 1998 to 113,275 last year, a situation similar to that of Lanzarote, which had 84,849 inhabitants in 1998 and now has 149,183.

Tenerife is the most populated island of the archipelago, with 904,713 people compared to the 677,485 that it had twenty years ago, while Gran Canaria closed last year with 846,717 inhabitants for the 715,994 that it had twenty years ago.

In the ‘green islands’ the demographic growths are more attenuated because La Palma has 81,863 inhabitants compared to 78,198 in 1998, and La Gomera with 21,136 over the 16,790 two decades ago.

In addition, these two islands are the only islands of the archipelago that have lost population in the last decade.

The other ‘green island’, that of El Hierro, has gone from 7,679 inhabitants in 1998 to 10,798 last year, while in the last decade it has maintained its demographic indicators

Top Up Your Vitamin D In Lanzarote

We all need our vitamins. Making sure we get the right balance is usually emphasised by us turning to a multivitimin tablet. The best natural source of vitamin D is from sunlight, something that most people are lacking in the winter months in the UK. Vitamin D contains nutrients to help bones, teeth and muscles healthy. You can find this vitamin in oily fish, red meat, liver, egg yolks but the most fun way to make sure you get plenty is booking a holiday to Lanzarote, especially between October to March where you make have less exposure to the light in the UK

Red Underwear for New Year

Many of you will have heard about the Spanish New Year tradition of eating 12 grapes with every strike of the clock at New Year.
Another lesser known tradition and thought to bring you good luck for the coming year is to wear red underwear on New Years Eve.
However, it’s important to know that the underwear should not be bought by yourself! To receive the “guaranty a luck” for the coming year, you need to have received the red underwear as a gift.
We think it’s worth a try!


Arrecife Sees Record Numbers of Cruise Ships

The waters of Arrecife are estimated to reach a minimum of 60,000 cruise passengers in this month of December which based on the more than 35 stopovers scheduled by the Port Authority of Las Palmas. This weekend three cruise ships alone will arrive between the ports Naos and Los Mármoles.

Christmas will see a dozen stopovers from Christmas Eve and the penultimate day of the year.
It is likely that the year willclose with more cruise passengers than in 2017. The passenger figures have hit 297,500 from January 2018 to October 2018 which is a rise of 3.5%.

In the first ten months, almost 400,000 passengers passed through Arrecife, 207 stops were added and almost 1.4 million tons of goods were moved.

Sun Warning Traffic Lights in Lanzarote

The Insular Emergency Consortium has invested 14,500 euros in new solar warning lights which can be found on the beach of El Reducto in Arrecife. This new machine is designed to measure radiation and offers a various elements aimed at preventing skin injuries caused by radiation. These warning lights are already in operation in the Balearic islands of Mallorca, Formentera and Ibiza and also in Malaga south of mainland Spain.
The lights have been named solar traffic lights and are what can be described as visible totem poles easily seen by the public with five luminous elements, in a gradual scale of colors (green, yellow, orange, red and violet). They inform in real time the existing level of solar radiation. At the base there is an explanatory table about what each color implies in order for the user to take preventive measures against the sun.

A computer allows you to make personalized assessments thanks to an interactive system. It will advise you on the maximum recommended time in the sun without prior application of preventive products such as sun tan lotion. The idea is help to set off expense in the healthcare system for health complaints which are sun related. There are plans to instal more machines in the tourist resorts and on the island of Graciosa

Fobos Back in 2019

The roundabout in Tahiche, close to the house of Cesar Manrique, has been missing an important feature weather vane, called Fobos, for the past 2 years. The weather vane has stood in this prominent position since 1994 until a tropical storm hit the island in 2005 and brought the structure down. It was restored a year later and was in place until 2016 when it was dismantled for restoration. It is the tallest of all of Manriques wind toys measuring 13 meters. A smaller copy of this weather vane can be found at Arrecife airport. The restoration of the 300 pieces that make up Fobos is now due to be back in place for 2019 to coincide with the centennial of the birth of Cesar Manrique. Arrecife airport.

Lanzarote Helps War on Plastic

Managers of the tourist centres in Lanzarote have anounced that staff will no longer consume water in individual plastic bottles.Returnable containers have been distributed with the aim of reducing the daily consumption of this highly polluting material. The new containers are made of stainless steel.

Since last August water has been served to customers in glasses at the bars in the Centers and it is expected that this will save the consumption of some 80,000 plastic bottles per year. The aim is to completeley eliminate the use of plastic in all of the bars and restaurants to reduce the plastic footprint on the planet.

Environmental organizations warn about the fact that every year the humans pour around 8 million tons of plastic into the sea. In every second 200 kilos enters the ocean.

Air Contamination in Canaries is the Lowest in Spain

The Canary Islands are among the autonomous communities in Spain with the lowest degree of ozone pollution according to a report presented by Ecologists in Action. With reference to the objective value established by the European directive on air quality, 24.6% of the Spanish population have taken a breath of contaminated air this year.

This percentage rises to 85.3 percent if the ozone value recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) is taken into account, which means that six out of seven Spaniards have breathed contaminated air so far this year which equates to 39.7 million people.