Morocco is making progress in the task of cleaning up its swimming beaches. During the 2015-2016 season, the rate of compliance with the bathing water quality standards for Moroccan beaches reached 97%
91% of beaches in the Mediterranean area, comprising 45 beaches with 99 monitoring stations complied with the national standards. In the North Atlantic region (81 beaches and 223 monitoring stations) reached 98% compliance. The South Atlantic area (26 beaches and 64 monitoring stations) topped the list with 100% compliance.
Chemical analyses, mycological and typological, showed that the waste on beaches consisted mainly of glass, organic materials, metals, paper, plastic, wood and cigarette butts.
|Blue Flag - Saidia Beach|
22 beaches spread across Morocco this year received the Blue Flag award for the summer season 2016, awarded by the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment chaired by Lalla Hasna and the International Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), this distinction is granted according to several criteria monitored throughout the season by a national committee. Inspections assessed the water quality, site management, the management of waste, awareness and environmental education.
|Hociema - another Blue Flag|
Since the introduction in 2002 of the Blue Flag label the initiative has seen a vast improvement in beach management. In 2005 only five beaches qualified for the Blue Flag. Thanks to the "Clean Beaches" movement started in 1999, there are 87 Moroccan beaches entered for the 2016 summer season.