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San Javier dedicates an exhibition and a series of lectures to the Encanñizadas of the Mar Menor that they are intended to recover as a historical and environmental resource for the municipality (14/06/2017)

The photographer Joaquín Zamora has portrayed all the corners and possible hours of the Encañizadas for the exhibition "The archives in the history of San Javier: six centuries of artisanal fishing", which was inaugurated yesterday in the Museum of San Javier.

The exhibition has been organized by the City Council of San Javier within a general project for the recovery of this unique place of the Mar Menor, as a cultural, environmental and tourist resource.

The councilors of Culture, David Martínez and Environment, Antonio Martínez, accompanied by the municipal archivist and curator of the exhibition, Luis Lluch, and the photographer Joaquín Zamora inaugurated yesterday afternoon the exhibition that has allowed to gather an important photographic and documentary background on The Encañizados, "the quintessence of the Mar Menor" as defined by Zamora who confessed to having lived an "almost mystical" experience photographing a "magical" place.

Joaquín Zamora managed to spend a night in Encañizada de la Torre during which he obtained unpublished images of dusk and dawn that can now be seen in the exhibition along with other photographs that document the activity of this traditional fishing system that allows to capture the Live fish

Other panoramic images and areas complete the exhibition that can be seen until July 4 in the Museum of San Javier.

The exhibition is complemented by a large number of documents related to the Encañizados whose rent belonged to the City of Murcia and that the City of San Javier did not stop complaining in the short municipal life in the Liberal Triennium of 1820-23, Definitive constitution in 1836, explained Luis Lluch.

The earliest dated documents date back to the 15th century although there are references to a similar fishing system in the Golas, dating back to the Arab era six centuries ago.

The material available in the Municipal Archive has been added documents existing in the Archive of Murcia as one signed by the emperor Carlos V. Also the museum of Benifayó, San Pedro del Pinatar has provided original documents and reproductions that contribute to the historical illustration of The Encañizados, located in the municipality of San Javier.

The Councilor for Culture, David Martínez stressed the importance of this exhibition "that recovers the past and the present of the Encañizados that we want to promote as a historical resource."

Martinez recalled that along with the exhibition, a series of conferences of a historical and environmental nature, as well as presenting two models, one of the Encañizadas and one of the Mar Menor, a school competition, and the location of the next edition of the Contest National Outdoor Painting "that in this edition has moved to the month of September for artists from all over Spain to paint a unique landscape like the Encañizadas.

The mayor of Environment and Tourism, Antonio Martínez also pointed out the importance of claiming and valuing a resource such as the Encañizadas for our municipality and referred to the project of recovery of the second Encañizada, Ventorrillo, currently in disuse and In poor condition

Martínez thanked all the collaborations received for the implementation of this project of enhancement of the Encañizadas that pilots the councils of Culture, Environment and Tourism, of the City council of San Javier.

The exhibition will be the scene of a series of lectures that begin today Wednesday June 14 at 20:00.

With "Las Cañizados del Mar Menor: sustainable fishing and protection-recovery of biodiversity" by Pedro Martinez, biologist and author of the recovery project of the Encañizada de La Torre.

On June 16, historian Laureano Buendía will speak of "The Enchanting of the Mar Menor: Tradition and Conflict (XVIII-XIX centuries)." On June 22 there will be a colloquium with two fishermen, José María López "El Ruso" and José Cánovas Bolarín "El canovillas" in which we will talk about the fishery in the cane fields and the fisherman's occupation in the Mar Menor. "

Finally, on June 28 the current tenants of the Encañizada de La Torre, Sinforoso and Tomás Albaladejo will address the commercial perspective of the Encalizada.

All conferences are open to the public and will begin at 20:00.

In the Museum of San Javier.

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier

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