This week we travel to the town of Fornells, in the north of Menorca, to discover one of our marine protected areas: Reserva Marina del Nord. With an extension of 5,119 hectares, sited between the bay of Fornells (eastern limit) and Cape Gros (western limit), this area, where trawling is forbidden, ensures the life and reproduction of more than 600 species in its seabed.

As a result of its more than 20 years of existence and with prohibited fishing zones and others with strict regulations, the Nord Marine Reserve has promoted the regeneration of the underwater environments of the north of Menorca ensuring the conservation and renewal of the fishing and shellfish resources. The area also provides very attractive underwater landscapes for diving and snorkelling, with the presence of posidonia seabeds.

In terms of fish communities, the reserve is home to typical Mediterranean coastal species such as grouper, scorpion fish and corvina, many of which arrive to port every day.

Lobsters stands out due to their importance and recognition at a gastronomic level, being the main ingredient of one of Menorca’s best-known typical dishes: caldereta de langosta (lobster stew). If you go to Menorca, be sure to visit this area to try this delicious dish!

Today we visit the Menorcan municipality of Fornells to meet Aleix Riera who, from his position as skipper of the fishermen’s guild, collaborated more than 20 years ago in the creation of the Marine Reserve. Today, the more than 5,000 hectares of protected area guarantee the survival of local fisheries and have generated an underwater attraction for diving enthusiasts.