Protest over polluted gulf

Residents of towns and villages on the Amvrakikos Gulf, in western Greece, yesterday renewed their protests at rising water pollution levels and called for measures to protect one of the country’s most significant wetlands. The gulf is being destroyed by excessive fish farming, the uncontrolled dumping of waste and the removal of large volumes of water, according to protesters who are organizing a demonstration in the northwestern port of Preveza on March 23. «I am afraid that the Amvrakikos Gulf has been abandoned to its fate,» said Preveza Mayor Miltiadis Klapas. He said the state has approved the establishment of an organization to protect the wetland but that the plans are still on paper. The Amvrakikos Gulf is home to 294 species of birds – 101 of which are rare – and 33 different species of fish.