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Postby Gasman » Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:30 am

Good news for the Tourist Industry. (Bulgaria came out tops.)

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=117038

Bulgaria is one of only five countries in the EU with over 90% of beeches meeting European guide values for bathing water purity, according to a new EU report.

The annual report on bathing water quality is produced by the European Environment Agency and the EU Commission and refers to the 2009 bathing season.

The countries where the highest percentage of swimming spots in 2009 met the guide values for water were Greece (99.8 %), Cyprus (99.1 %), France (95.7 %), Malta (93.1 %), Bulgaria (90.3 %) and Portugal (90 %).

Bulgaria has only 1 beach not complying with mandatory requirements, with countries like France, Italy, Denmark and Poland having a comparatively high percentage of non-complying waters.

Usually associated with its Black Sea beaches, Bulgaria can also boast 100% compliance with mandatory standards of its inland swimming waters.

“Mandatory” and “guide” values are set by the EU Bathing Water Directive (76/160/EEC) in a bid to ensure the pleasant and safe experience of tourists relishing European waters. Compliance with mandatory values classifies swimming waters as “good” or “sufficient”, while compliance with the higher guide values classifies them as “excellent”.

The overall compliance has been increasing since the 90s, though the report marks a slight decrease from 2008 to 2009.

A new Bathing Water Directive (2006/7/EC) will require member-states to abide by even more stringent criteria for water purity by 2016.
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Postby bsharpish » Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:41 am

The water may be clean , regretably, the beaches in the paphos area most certainly are not.
Was at Lara and Turtle beach yesterday plus called in on the long shingle beach on the way to coral bay..... shockingly shitty with litter everywhere.
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Postby Gasman » Fri Jun 11, 2010 12:24 pm

Yes. This report is concerned with the 'quality of the water'. It is not the same thing as the 'Blue Flag' beaches in the UK (where facilities and all sorts are taken into account).

Here in the Larnaca area, the biggest eyesore on public beaches (once they've cleared the fly ridden seaweed - which they did not do this year until well into May) is cigarette dog-ends. You can't put a foot between them in most places.
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Postby Cap » Fri Jun 11, 2010 5:42 pm

Very good. I'm glad.
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Postby BOF » Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:26 pm

Im curious as to why with such quality of water there is so little marine life to be found around the seashores here..
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Postby bsharpish » Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:05 pm

Low nutrient levels.
Lack of deepwater currents from the atlantic via Gibralter.
150 (or so) million fish eaters around its shores.
5000+ years of significant fishing.
Limited circulation and volume of water concentrates pollution and stratifies water affecting oxygen level.
The aswan dam reducing nutrient input.

Pick any or all of the above factors
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Postby Oracle » Fri Jun 11, 2010 10:51 pm

BOF wrote:Im curious as to why with such quality of water there is so little marine life to be found around the seashores here..


I have a hypothesis about that!

Too many Brits lathering themselves up with marine-life killing sunblocks! :evil:
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Postby bsharpish » Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:35 pm

Oracle wrote:
BOF wrote:Im curious as to why with such quality of water there is so little marine life to be found around the seashores here..


I have a hypothesis about that!

Too many Brits lathering themselves up with marine-life killing sunblocks! :evil:


Noooo...... as most of us are low class tourists or ex-pats-we can only afford lard or chip fat. :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Postby Get Real! » Sat Jun 12, 2010 12:58 am

Could all the Brits please wash your bums before you enter the water? Thanks.
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Postby bill cobbett » Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:18 am

Well that beach over at Dhekalia was very clean after I scooped up all the dog poo that was endangering people's health.

What is it with some blooming dog owners that they allow their bleeding dogs to crap all over the place without cleaning up after them?
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