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To access this natural park it is necessary to request permission from the Ministry of the Environment through the Cabildo website

The Council of Fuerteventura will reopen public access to the islet of Lobos that was suspended with the declaration of the state of alarm by COVID-19, so from Monday (yesterday) it will be possible to request a visit to this important natural park, although always respecting the rules of access and conservation of the space, which include the need for a permit from the Ministry of the Environment, as was the case before the health crisis.

The authorization for visits to the Islet can be requested from this Monday, May 25, on the website of the Cabildo de Fuerteventura (http://www.cabildofuer.es/cabildo/areas-...-ambiente/). Maintenance continues two shifts of visits, from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00. Said authorization is independent of the means of transport used to reach the islet, which must be managed by each user.

Thus, the maintenance, conservation and customer service of the public use facilities of the Islote de Lobos Natural Park will resume suspended services in the next few days, always with the facilities conditioned to the new conditions that the sanitary crisis establishes and with the due hygiene standards.

In this sense, the Cabildo of Fuerteventura reminds that the general prevention and hygiene measures of COVID 19 must be respected at all times, among which is the use of masks whenever it is not possible to maintain the interpersonal safety distance from minus two meters or hand washing.

However, the staff of the island institution has been working on the removal of the entire coastline of waste from the sea.

During this period of confinement, while the movement of a large part of the population has been paralyzed, a large number of woods and plastics have continued to travel through the sea and have been dragged by the sea currents until reaching the Majorero coast and Lobos.

Precisely the northern coastal strip of Fuerteventura "has become one of the hot spots for the collection of all kinds of waste", explained the Minister for the Environment, Fight against Climate Change, Circular Economy and R & D + i, Marlene Figueroa, since the waste that the human being dumps into the sea "becomes a serious problem that not only affects the marine environment and its biodiversity, but when they reach the coasts they force continuous intervention on the coast," he said.

Thus, although the removal of waste brought by the sea is one of the essential tasks of the Environment Council of the Majorero Council, "we must not forget the responsibility we have as citizens and as a species, since we generate more waste than we The planet admits, so it is in our power to reduce its use, recycle materials and reuse as much as possible, ”recalled the counsellor.

Courtesy of Onda Fuerteventura.
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Went over to Lobos on the 9th. Had hoped to go sooner after it reopened to get a quiet visit (before tourists) but one of the friends who came with me refuses to get on a boat where she can touch the water, so no RIB  Sad. The ferry service restarted on 1st July and has to be booked online at present. The booking process also includes your Lobos permit - the ferry company sends you a link to download your QR code.
16€ for non-residents. 13€ for residents.
Despite the time slots of the permits (10-2) I was able to book a ferry to go over at 10am and return at 4pm. 
Took the printed ferry purchase confirmation direct to the boat to embark.
All crew and passengers wore masks. There was no social distancing onboard the Majorero, every seat was taken, so about 80-100 of us. The Cabildo MedioAmbiente guy came across with us on the ferry - there was no checking of permits when we disembarked on Lobos so presumably they are trusting  the ferry company to have organised them correctly.
The visitor info centre had had a bit of a revamp and there were 6 or 8 loos, washbasins, soap etc so that was a good improvement. The drinks dispenser machine (water) was turned off. There were already 2 security staff at the info centre who must have come over on a RIB to get it open before the ferry arrived. Hand gel available. Pics of the displays in the gallery. There is also a rest building with tables and benches inside which is a good idea because there is no other shade on the island except for some covered benches on the quay where you wait for your return ferry.
We walked past the lagoons and over to the lighthouse, ate our picnic there and then made our way back to the beach for the last hour or so - the sea was gorgeous after all the walking!
Coming back we were on the Isla de Lobos ferry (a cutter style boat), again it was full, all wore masks, hand gel offered soon after we boarded. Very rough crossing - good fun!
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From RadioSintonia:

The Ministry of The Environment in collaboration with the team of the Biosphere Reserve, has completed the presentation of a series of projects to the European Call For Life Medio Ambiente and Life Nature, among which stands out"Life SOS Water Rescue",an innovative technical proposal that aims to provide solution to the availability and purification of water in the most isolated natural areas of Fuerteventura, namely the Islote de Lobos, Cofete and the Puertito de La Cruz.
The project, which has a global budget of 2,349,292 euros, has designed concrete actions in the public services of the interpretation center and the recreational area of the Islote de Lobos Natural Park, in the Interpretation Center -nature classroom of the House of the Tenant and the town of Cofete and in the Puertito de la Cruz in the Natural Park of Jandía , and has been conceived under the premises of the principle of circularity and zero waste in accordance with the provisions of the European Green Pact.
Marlene Figueroa has pointed out that "these actions aim to apply an ecological modality for the treatment of wastewater, adapting respectfully to the specificities of these protected and isolated environments, as well as to the needs and profile of users, and at the same time we comply with the requirement to minimize the carbon footprint".
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from RadioSintonia:

As Radio Sintonía has learned on the beach of La Caleta, Isla de Lobos, today August 25 at 3:15 p.m., the GES rescues a moderately injured woman when she fell on a beach in Fuerteventura.
Assessment of those affected provided by the SUC:
  • A woman of about 30 years of age who, at the initial moment of assistance, presented a moderate hip trauma, transferred in a GES helicopter to the General Hospital of Fuerteventura Virgen de La Peña.
Intervening services activated by CECOES 1-1-2:
  • Group of Emergencies and Rescue (GES): a rescue helicopter
Observations:
  • At the time indicated above, the Coordinating Center for Emergencies and Security (CECOES) 1-1-2 of the Government of the Canary Islands received an alert in which it was reported that a woman had fallen on that beach and could not move.

  • The 1-1-2 immediately activated the necessary emergency resources.

  • The GES helicopter located and rescued the wound that, after being immobilized, was transferred in said aircraft to the mentioned hospital.
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The Department of Beaches and Environment of the City of La Oliva,directed by Julio Santana, has installed the first defibrillator on the Island of Lobos. The device is located on Playa del Puertito, next to the Antoñito el Farero Restaurant.
 
Cardiorespiratory arrests can happen to anyone, anywhere. Defibrillators are devices capable of examining the heart rhythm to determine when it is necessary to provide an electric shock, while a pre-recorded voice gives instructions of what the person who is using it has to do.
The location of a defibrillator (AED) in certain places, and the immediate intervention of people with knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), is essential for the affected person to survive.
"The City Council of La Oliva has chosen to introduce a defibrillator on the Island of Lobos because it is a space without any health center nearby through which dozens of people pass a day. Having an AED brings confidence to visitors, as it guarantees a more agile assistance in case its use is necessary, "says Mayor Pilar González.
"From now on, if an emergency occurs on the Islet, anyone can activate the device and contact 112 to receive the relevant instructions to attend to the affected, even if they do not have the accredited knowledge and provided that there is no one trained in the vicinity," says Councilman Julio Santana
Julio Santana, Councilor for Beaches and Environment, points out that having a defibrillator on the Island of Lobos "is necessary to offer greater safety to visitors, because in this way we manage to increase survival in case of cardiac arrest and avoid its possible sequelae".
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  • The Cabildo of Fuerteventura and Museums of Tenerife sign an agreement to continue investigating a site that they consider the most important in the Canary Islands.
    The Cabildo of Fuerteventura, through the Ministry of Historical Heritage, has signed an agreement to give continuity to the archaeological work in the sites of the Islote de Lobos. The agreement was signed by the Minister of Culture and Historical Heritage, Rayco León, and the Minister of Museums of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Concepción Rivero, allowing to investigate, disseminate and properly preserve this site that both defined as the most important in the Canary Islands.According to Rivero, "we signed this agreement to resume work and collaborate with the technical part and members of our team in an archaeological site that is the most important in the Canary Islands, being the one that determines the theories of the presence of the Romans in the Archipelago"."From the Cabildo de Tenerife we are proud to continue working side by side with Fuerteventura in an important research at an international level, being essential to publicize this knowledge so that it reaches the population," added the counselor.For his part, Rayco León, indicated that, "among the archaeological heritage that Fuerteventura has, the site of Lobos is one of the most important in the Canary Islands. A site that will have an impact on the history of the Archipelago and how it was related to the Roman Empire"."We hope to have the results as soon as possible to be able to continue discovering the history of Fuerteventura and a site that is being observed by the scientific community," added León.In view of the interesting results obtained during the archaeological excavation already carried out at the Lobos I and II sites, both institutions have considered it appropriate to sign a new agreement to give continuity to the work.The site of Lobos I is located on the Playa de la Calera or de la Concha, southwest of the Islote de Lobos. Archaeological data show the presence of a purple production workshop from Roman times, dated between the first century BC.C and the first century AD.C.In the shell and its surroundings have been located materials of Roman manufacture, both ceramics made of lathe, as well as metal pieces of bronze, iron, lead and lithic, related to the work of the purple process.In addition, in other areas of the site, objects related to domestic activity are recorded, such as kitchen ceramics and tableware, as well as combustion spaces. The seasonal presence of the Roman Empire was also confirmed with the discovery of a second site (Lobos II)Purple was considered from the beginning of its exploitation in the eastern Mediterranean in the second millennium BC.C as one of the most precious products, becoming a symbol of luxury and power. Its commercialization was very lucrative, which minimized the costs of exploitation in areas as far from the Empire as our archipelago.The works are developed by the Archaeological Museum of Fuerteventura, University of La Laguna and Museums of Tenerife, with the participation of scientists from the Research Project 'Settlement and Colonization of islands in the Atlantic-PYCIA'.The direction of the archaeological excavation will be shared by both institutions, acting as directors the curator of the Archaeological Museum of Fuerteventura, Isidoro Hernández, as well as Carmina and Mercedes del Arco Aguilar by Museums of Tenerife.
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