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Near Bonifacio, scientists are regenerating posidonia seagrass beds, real “lungs of the Mediterranean” battered by tourism.
By Julian Mattei
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Le landscape is worthy of a postcard. The lapping of nonchalant waves comes to rock a sandbar that seems immutable on Balistra beach. It is difficult, at first glance, to suspect that this enchanting setting, in the heart of the largest nature reserve in France, that of the Bouches de Bonifacio (Corsica-du-Sud), shelters one of the most fragile sectors of the Mediterranean. A few meters from the shore, a vast underwater meadow is gradually disappearing from the Gulf of Santa-Manza. Over the past twenty years, this posidonia herbarium has lost almost 50 hectares, or 8% of its area. Therefore, marine organisms that live in what is for them at the same time a dormitory, a pantry and a nursery lose an essential link in their biological cycle.
Posidonia, plant in fl…
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