423,110 of 500,000 signatures

To the Canarian government, the European Parliament, the Environment DG of the European Commission and the Spanish government

This petition is run by the citizens' platform 'Plataforma Ciudadana No al Puerto de Fonsalía'

Petition text

To deny authorizations and funds to Spain/Canary Islands to build the planned macro-harbour of Fonsalia (South West Tenerife). This harbour would affect protected habitats and species within the Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Marine Strip Teno-Rasca, including marine turtles, dolphins and whales, with the largest resident population of shortfin pilot whales of Europe.

To integrate the area of Fonsalia within the SAC, because this area was left out of the SAC just for the planning of the harbour, in spite of having natural values continuous with the surrounding SAC, including even a critical area of green turtle, a species in danger of extinction.

Why is this important?

Europe’s only whale sanctuary is under threat. All because profit-seeking businessmen are pushing to redirect EU money into a new megaport – right in the middle of it!

Today, more than sixteen species of whales and dolphins find safety in a strip of calm waters in the Canary Islands. [1] As one of only five sanctuaries in the entire world, it’s a gem we can all be proud of. [2] After months of backroom talks, businessmen are sneaking their project through while people's attention is elsewhere in August.

The good news is: they need EU funding to make it happen. The same funds the EU Commission promised would be spent with the environment in mind. But, with billions of euros to provide to thousands of projects across Europe, the EU is not watching closely enough. If we raise our voices together, we could shine a spotlight on the sanctuary before it’s too late.

Right now we’re pushing to secure a meeting with the EU Commission. Already, over 340,000 people have signed the petition to save the sanctuary, but the more of us that stand united, the better our chances will be.

In Tenerife, thousands of great mammals find a paradise to rest, thrive and reproduce.

Well, that’s when there’s no ship traffic. Hope, a baby whale, has become a symbol for the whale sanctuary – her tail was shredded by a passing boat. Hope, like many reefs, turtles and dolphins, didn’t survive. Imagine what a megaport with cruise ships and boats would do to the area. We’d see hundreds more stories like Hope’s each week.

When local Canarians launched this petition, they knew this was a common European concern. They knew Europe is not just about EU politics. It’s about how we join forces to influence what is happening in all of our hometowns, villages and countries.

That’s why so many are already standing up for the sanctuary. But if we can get to half a million supporters, the EU Commission would have a hard time refusing a meeting with us.

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