Beaches get jellyfish flag

Doca do Cavacas bathing suspended

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JM reports that the first flag that signals the presence of jellyfish in the sea was delivered yesterday afternoon at the Lido Bathing Complex, by the regional secretary for the Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change.

The flag is “only informative”, as Susana Prada explained, leaving the decision to go to the sea or not to bathers.

Of the 57 regional bathing beaches in the Region, only the 26 with lifeguards, will have access to this sign, as it will be up to these professionals to raise the flag.

The regional secretary recalls that jellyfish cause severe skin burns and that the idea for the flag arose from the need to have a form of warning to bathers.

Doca do Cavacas bathing suspended

Meanwhile the bathing area of ​​Doca do Cavacas, in Funchal, is suspended, according to information released by the Funchal City Council, through the municipal company Frente MarFunchal, which is responsible for managing the bathing complexes. 

The Madeira News website, with its automated 24/7 news feed has a repor that the reason for the ban is related to pollution in seawater, detected following fortnightly inspections carried out by the Regional Directorate of Health of bathing waters in Madeira and Porto Santo.

In a note sent to the media, the municipality rebels that “the values ​​detected in the analysis, in the laboratory, determine, in accordance with the law, that the red flag be hoisted until a new analysis is carried out to verify the state of the waters,

The same source reveals that the inspection of the facilities of the beach and the restaurant there and no anomaly was detected, nor any occurrence in
recent days in existing sample stations. “The inspection by the Câmara Municipal do Funchal is now focused on the surrounding areas, namely to the
east of the Doca do Cavacas, towards Funchal, where the pollution identified there seems to come from”.

Until the results of the counter-analysis are known, the beach will remain open to the public, but conditioned to not being used for bathing in the sea and in natural pools.

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6 thoughts on “Beaches get jellyfish flag”

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    Note to Admin,

    Have been trying to email you but messages to the “contact” address are bouncing. Have sent messages to the other mailbox ok. Pls let me know if you rcvd them.

  2. It’s the little Jelly Fish that are difficult to see that are the most deadly. They can leave red marks on your skin that look like lightening strikes. Love the idea of a warning flag.


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