Cabinet takes steps to protect mediterranean seal monachusmonachus

Cyprus` Cabinet approved on Tuesday the appropriation of private property at the Sea Caves in Peyia, Pafos District in order to fulfill the country`s international obligations for the effective protection of the Mediterranean seal, known as Monachusmonachus and in particular the sea caves where it reproduces.

“Today`s decision is of crucial importance in order to preserve the small population of the Mediterranean seal in the Cypriot area,” a press release distributed by the Press and Information Office (PIO) reads.

It is noted that “following a proposal by Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment Costas Kadis, the Council of Ministers decided it was necessary to appropriate private immovable property for reasons of public interest and in particular in order to fulfill international obligations which have to do with the effective protection of the Mediterranean seal.”

In order to protect the species and to properly manage the biodiversity of the Sea Caves area in Peyia, a number of other measures have been taken until today, including issuing a decree establishing a zone of protection around the area of the Peyia sea caves, in which fishing and motorised vessels are prohibited, the press release adds.

Both the measures already in place and the decision to appropriate private property at the Peyia Sea Caves are fully in line with the recommendations submitted by the scientific expert in matters of preserving the Mediterranean seal, Dr. Panayiotis Dendrinos, it notes.

According to the latest data, the presence of 19 Mediterranean seals has been confirmed in the maritime areas off the coast of Cyprus, the press release concludes.

Source: Cyprus News Agency

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