In recent years, more than seven hectares of reeds have been harvested along the shores of Lake Balaton, condemning local wildlife to extinction.
In four years, the area on the shore of Lake Balaton more than doubled where the reeds were wiped out by the property owners; and about half of those applying for winter reeds in the resort region were exterminated last year instead of harvesting, writes MTI.
According to the analysis of the new aerial photos, Piromka Pomogyi, a hydrobiologist who has been conducting reed surveys for several decades at the Balatonfenyves presidency of the Balaton Association (BSz), drew the attention of the leaders of the organization and “if there is no reed there will eventually be no Balaton.” The 1,200 hectares of reeds in the lake play an important role in preserving aquatic life, in addition to water quality and coastal protection.
According to the expert, according to the August 2019 photos, 7.5 hectares of reeds were cleared compared to four years earlier.
More than one hectare of reeds disappeared from the borders of Balatonakali, Balatonföldvár and Szántód, along the banks of Fonyód, and the area was destroyed over a thousand square meters Balatonfenyves, Balatonalmádi, Keszthely, Balatonmáriafürdő, and Badacsonytördemic.
The reeds at Lake Balaton are also significantly damaged by illegal stalls, crawlers, and recharges, of which there have been 1700 for five years – a recent summary has only been partially completed.
Piroska Pomogyi, for example, showed in his aerial photographs of Balatongyörök that in the reeds before the settlement with 6 kilometers of coastline, there were 91 illegal sticks, crawlers and recharges for four years, and by 2019 the number had increased by 36. The expert suggested that lakeside towns draw attention to the importance of reeds by using webcams, setting up study trails and information boards.
He added that both locals and holidaymakers should feel that they should be aware that it is their responsibility to protect the reeds at Lake Balaton and, if necessary, take action.