Dos Manos, Spain

Save the Med Foundation envisions a clean and healthy Mediterranean Sea and works, through research, education and prevention, to recover its rich biodiversity and permit it to thrive in harmony with prospering, environmentally conscious and proactive local populations.
Turtle caught in FAD
Turtle caught in FAD

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The Project

The Balearic Islands are a popular tourist destination and a hotspot for marine biodiversity in the Mediterranean. Plastic pollution affects sperm, fin and minke whales, dolphins, bluefin tuna, loggerhead turtles and marine birds including the critically endangered Balearic Shearwater. 99% of the marine turtles beached or rescued in the Balearics are affected by plastic pollution either through ingestion or entanglement. This project consists of 4 parallel, interconnected initiatives: 1. Clean ups with tourists and volunteers 2. Involving the school community in hands on beach cleans and solutions workshops. 3. Taking students working to reduce plastic pollution on research expeditions at sea to study marine wildlife, remove marine litter and help conduct research for species conservation 4. Empowering outdoor companies to raise awareness and organise clean up activities with their clients. The project aims to clean up 527km of land and sea.

With many thanks to EOCA member Vaude, for raising additional funds for this project through their online Advent 2020 fundraiser.

Many thanks also to EOCA member Original BUFF for a substantial donation towards the funding of this project.

Student Recovering FAD at Sea
Student Recovering FAD at Sea
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We are hugely grateful for the support of the European Outdoor Conservation Association, without whose support we could never have realised such an ambitious project.
Hugo Tagholm, Surfers Against Sewage