Gran Tarajal

Gran Tarajal Environmental disaster

Intervention in Gran Tarajal harbor through bioremediation

February-October 2018

The Bioremediation treatment carried out in the port of Gran Tarajal (Fuerteventura) is the largest case of decontamination from hydrocarbons carried out with biological methods in Spain.

In February 2018 Emma storm sank 8 ships in one of the largest ports of the Canary Islands, dumping hundreds of tons of hydrocarbons and their derivatives into the sea.
This environmental disaster completely altered the activity carried out by fishermen and port workers.
The Government of the Canary Islands hired Biopulcher to decontaminate the waters of the port and, in parallel to the process of extracting the sunken ships, activated an environmental plan that Biopulcher completely carried out, end to end.


During 8 months, Biopulcher has decontaminated the waters of the port from the initial contamination and of all the discharges that have taken place during the process of cutting the sunken ships.
Since October 2018 the waters have been completely decontaminated, the port and the inhabitants of Gran Tarajal have recovered their usual activity. This process has been carried out without altering the marine ecosystem and with no environmental impact.

All data on the water quality of the port after the intervention with bioremediation have been published by the Puertos Canarios platform.

Here the recovery of the port of Gran Tarajal on the TV News of August 8, 2018

Photo gallery of the operations in Gran Tarajal harbor