The Civil Guard detains and investigates 69 people for crimes related to marine pollution

The “30 days at sea 3.0” operation, coordinated by INTERPOL, has been carried out worldwide in 56 countries

At the national level, the Civil Guard has carried out more than 1,100 actions, 60 crimes have been registered and 70 administrative actions

The Civil Guard, within the framework of the operation "30 days at sea 3.0", developed worldwide in 56 countries, has proceeded nationwide to the arrest and investigation of 69 people for crimes related to marine pollution.

This is the third edition of the project that INTERPOL is launching on environmental matters. This research, which aims to combat all types of marine pollution, has resulted in the best results worldwide, and with a greater number of countries involved.
During this edition, Spain has focused its efforts on carrying out ship inspections, as well as on taking the corresponding actions against those responsible for illegal dumping into the maritime-terrestrial public domain. Especially when the latter cause, or may cause, substantial damage to water quality.
In Spain, the Civil Guard has led the action coordinating the various specialties. A total of 1,170 shares have been registered. Among the inspections carried out, the 322 inspections of ships stand out, 503 in ports, 190 on land (companies, treatment plants and other facilities) and 144 maritime (contaminated areas, affected places, etc.). 60 crimes and 70 administrative actions have been registered.

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EL SEPRONA has carried out up to 4 operations related to agricultural exploitation of desalination plants that dumped brine into the Mar Menor, all sealed off and their activity suspended for being illegal. These companies also collected groundwater through unsuitable structures, most of them illegal wells.
During these actions, various samples were taken that gave high results in nitrates, tripling the maximum permitted values, so it was investigated whether the contamination of the Mar Menor is largely caused by the contamination of the aquifers that they communicate with it.


The SEPRONA of Barcelona, ​​in collaboration with the GEAS units, have carried out several inspections and sampling of various discharges to the sea and natural areas. The investigations are open.


Several water samples taken in different areas are being analyzed to analyze their quality and the influence on nearby areas where mussels are cultivated, so that the quality parameters do not suffer alterations.

Marine pollution, a relevant actor in the climate emergency

Marine pollution constitutes a serious and growing threat to the environment, in particular to marine and coastal ecosystems. It poses significant risks to public health and food safety due to the depletion of fish stocks, directly related to the economy of millions of people in developing countries.
Both the emissions from the combustion of fuels used by ships, as well as the discharge of wastewater into the sea, constitute a real danger to the environment.
The particularity of this year, taking into account the limitations that derive from the current health emergency situation, the number of actions carried out has remained practically the same with respect to previous editions, having obtained good results with two areas of action in those that quite possibly Spain is positioned as a benchmark at an international level: land-based discharges into the sea and the control of ship discharges.
Members of the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA), Fiscal Service Units, the Maritime Service, Air Service and the Coordination Center for Coastal and Border Surveillance (CECORVIGMAR) of the Civil Guard participated in the operation.
For more information, you can contact the Press Office of SEPRONA of the Civil Guard, telephone 915146900 ext 6547221.


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