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Local ordinance traces responsibility for livestock attacks to pet owners

Amid an increasing number of dog attacks on livestock in recent weeks, the Formentera Department of Rural Affairs wishes to remind pet owners of a municipal ordinance requiring them to accompany, leash and, when appropriate to an animal’s temperament, muzzle pets when on the public thoroughfare.

The reminder, which has been posted on information boards and in agricultural areas on the island, points to fines ranging from €30 to €15,000. The notice also highlights legislation defining canines which “possess a distinctly aggressive character or have been aggressive towards people or other animals” as “potentially dangerous”.

Department chief Josep Marí said the dog attacks were the source of great disturbance for local livestock farmers, “not only in terms of the animals that have been slain. There is also the distress of knowing property barriers have been breached and members of your herd have been hurt”. “I’m asking for responsibility from those pet owners who perhaps aren’t cognisant of the repercussions that letting your dog off the leash can have”, Marí continued. “Livestock and dogs can coexist without problems if we follow the rules.”

The island’s government is asking people who see unaccompanied dogs to report them to the pound by calling 630 08 31 28. Lastly, Councillor Marí praised livestock owners, which he described as “small farmers who protect hometown traditions and safeguard the local landscape”.


7 July 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Joint action with Cooperativa del Camp

foto 2021 cooperativa campEarlier today top-ranking Consell de Formentera official Alejandra Ferrer and Jaume Escandell, president of the Formentera Farmers’ Co-op (Cooperativa del Camp), signed a €130,000 deal to support the public programme to enliven hometown agriculture and visually enhance scenic and rural swaths of the island. Primary sector chief Josep Marí and Co-op manager Carlos Marí were also present at the event.

The aid is meant to help reinvigorate agricultural activity locally and deliver the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits that go with it. Other Co-op efforts include recouping land donated to the Farmland Reserve (Cens de Terres), piloting improvements on the Can Marroig estate and taking the lead on other core Co-op priorities.

7 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Educational push: recreational fishermen must report catches from es Freus reserve

cartell 2021 dprThe Formentera Fisheries Inspection Service, with help from custodians at es Freus marine reserve of Eivissa-Formentera and Punta de sa Creu, has launched an outreach campaign to inform seafaring recreational fishermen that from this year, all catches made in the reserve must be reported.

As with the rest of the marine reserves in the Balearics, catches can be reported by filling out a form on paper or with Diari de Pesca Recreativa — a smart-phone app devised by the Balearic Directorate General of Fisheries and Marine Environment in a bid to improve management of marine resources and monitor and evaluate recreational fishing in the region.

The app is a useful and intuitive tool which provides key insight about minimum sizes, protected species, places fishing is permitted and marine reserves. The Consell’s inspection office describes DPR as “the most appropriate system for sending and receiving information about catches”.

The app also gives users an easy way to report catches made in Balearic marine reserves, though paper declarations will be maintained for individuals like the elderly with access issues.

DPR is available for download at Google Play or the Apple Store. To access the app’s captures (catches) section, fishermen must fill out this online form on the Govern balear website.

2 June 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Consell partners with Livestock Farmers of Formentera to promote animal health and improve production systems in 2021

foto 2021 conveni ramadersConsell de Formentera premiere Alejandra Ferrer and the president of the Livestock Farmers of Formentera (Associació de Ramaders de Formentera, ARF), Juan Antonio Yern, have signed a deal to support the local livestock sector on animal health and improved production systems in 2021. The gathering was also attended by primary sector chief Josep Marí and farmers’ co-op manager Carlos Marí.

Under the arrangement, which must be renewed yearly, local government will put up €37,000 to benefit animal production and health, while ARF pledges to support production, animal welfare and efforts to identify animals on Agrupació de Defensa Sanitària-affiliated farms. ARF will additionally implement the jointly accorded provisions of the yearly Common Health Programme, not to mention continue outreach to educate member farmers about individual actions.

29 April 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

Drought-hit farmers get one-off help with livestock feed

foto 2021 coop campThe Formentera Department of Environment reports that the local farmers’ cooperative plans to supply Formentera livestock farmers with fifty tonnes of sheep and goat feed and three tonnes of coop-made barley flour for pigs. Valued at €15,000, the hand-outs are financed by the Consell de Formentera.

Primary sector chief Josep Marí said the assistance was about helping local stockbreeders weather the drought that has affected the island this year. “These are exceptional times, and this one-off assistance is another way we can continue our support for Formentera farmers”, he said.

Islanders interested in the help should go to the Cooperativa del Camp with their stockbreeders’ card (cartilla ramadera) weekdays 8.00am to 2.00pm and 4.30pm to 7.00pm, or Saturdays between 9.00am and 1.00pm. The amount of feed disbursed will depend on how many animals each farmer has. Eight hundred eighty-nine head of sheep, goat and pig are registered on Formentera.

16 March 2021
Communications Department
Consell de Formentera

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