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MARINE RESERVE OF ES FREU AND ISLAND OF SA DRAGONERA

The waters around Sa Dragonera are protected as a Marine Reserve for Fishing Interests, and are divided into two areas:

The interior waters, between Sa Dragonera and the coast of Mallorca, called "Es Freu de Sa Dragonera" Marine Reserve, is under the jurisdiction of the Balearic Islands Government (GOIB) who approved its creation in 2016. For more information, visit the Balearic Government website: www.caib.es/sites/reservesmarines/es/descripcian

 

The outer waters are called "Sa Dragonera Island" Marine Reserve, declared in 2020 by the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA), and they include national waters. This area has 82 hectares of "no-take zone" where no activity is allowed except scientific monitoring. Within the no-take reserve there are five restricted-use areas where you can swim and dive (diving only with authorisation). For more information, visit the MAPA website: www.mapa.gob.es/es/pesca/temas/proteccion-recursos-pesqueros/reservas-marinas-de-espana/isla-dragonera

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WHICH ACTIVITIES ARE ALLOWED IN SA DRAGONERA?

NOT ALLOWED

  • Spearfishing

  • Foraging for flora and wildlife extraction

RESTRICTED

  • Professional fishing: (only artisanal fishing is allowed)

  • Recreational fishing

  • Diving

  • Scientific activities

  • Nautical activities/ anchoring

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RECREATIONAL DIVING

Remember that you can only dive in the reserve if you are an advanced level diver. Respect good diving practices in Marine Reserves. The following centres offer occasional trips to the Marine Reserve - check with the center:

PORT D'ANDRATX

SANT ELM

RECREATIONAL FISHING

A single recreational fisherman does not generate much impact, but the pool of fishermen does. Help us to achieve sustainable fishing! The "Recreational Fishing Guidebook of the Balearic Islands" edited by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food of GOIB provides information on the regulations for recreational fishing. If you are a recreational fisherman, you are required to record your catches if you fish from a boat.

You have two options:

Download and fill out the  "Activitiy log" for the area you want to fish.

 

Download and use the mobile application for recreational fishing from a boat.

APPLY HERE

DOWNLOAD HERE

SA DRAGONERA NATURAL PARK

The Sa Dragonera Natural Park includes the island of Sa Dragonera, the islets of Es Pantaleu and Sa Mitjana and the rock formation of Es Calafats. The complex is of great importance due to its biological, ecological and geographical aspects.

 

Thanks to the environmental movement started in the 70s, the island was not urbanised and was declared a Natural Park in 1995 after several occupations and the persistent mobilisation of local citizens. The Sa Dragonera Natural Park is under the shared competence of the GOIB and the Consell de Mallorca. For more information see:

How to arrive

Barca

During the summer months the cruiser Margarita crosses from Sant Elm

The "Visit Sa Dragonera" runs all year from Andratx- Carlo Mar Nautic

Caiac / taula sup

Park Activities

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NATURA 2000 NETWORK

The waters of Sa Dragonera are part of the Natura 2000 Network. Which is an international network of biodiversity conservation of areas that constitute the main instrument for the preservation of nature in the European Union. Areas with great potential to restore and conserve habitats and ecosystems are designated, including their diversity of fauna and flora.

 

In particular the Sa Dragonera has a Special Protection Area for Birds (ZEPA) and a Site of Community Interest (SCI), both protection categories of the Natura 2000 Network.

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