In this category, all the projects are looking to restore beach, coast, seacliff and ocean habitats. (Image Louise Barber)
Please read though the details below of the projects looking for your vote, and then select the one you would like to receive funding from EOCA.  A difficult choice as they are all very worthwhile projects!

Voting in this category runs from 28 March (00.01 GMT) to 11 April (12.00 BST) 2019.

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Ria Formosa

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Campaign for a plastic free Ria Formosa, Portugal

Website: http://www.a-eco.org

Ria Formosa is an extensive 18,000 hectare lagoon system with sandflats, mudflats and saltmarshes, protected from open sea by a long, thin belt of sand-dunes called barrier islands. The 5 barrier islands and 2 peninsulas are separated by 6 inlets connecting the lagoon to the sea. This is an important area for wildlife, particularly birds, indigenous plants, seahorses and fish. Since rubbish produced by residents and the increasing numbers of tourists is a serious threat, our project focus on the conservation of the shoreline, protecting marine animals and preserving the environment for nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts and hikers. EOCA funds will expand the annual clean-up to 11km by adding an underwater clean-up.  Funding will also enable an awareness campaign to tackle the problem at its source, targeting non-sustainable behaviours such as plastic consumption and littering. To engage tourists, residents, fishermen and students there will be photographic exhibitions in the main cities of Olhão and Faro, art installations made with the rubbish collected, in-store communications in selected supermarkets and shops as well as a digital campaign to broaden the campaign’s impact.

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Access to beaches only possible by boat

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Clean Shorelines for Silba! Croatia

Website: http://www.drustvo20000milja.hr

Silba Island and its reefs form part of the Natura 2000 network.  The area is recognised as an important habitat which may form the largest continuous meadow of Neptune sea-grass in Croatia.   1/4 of all Mediterranean species at some period of their lives depend on this habitat, which sheds dead leaves onto beaches forming banquettes, another specific rare habitat which protects beaches from erosion. The biggest threat is plastic, resulting from marine litter being blown onto beaches. Silba has a small population and no cars, but attracts a large number of outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.  This project will organise 30 clean up events along 25km of shoreline, work with local businesses to reduce / eliminate plastic, artists to promote zero-waste life and divers to remove litter from the sea bed.  Litter collection boxes will be installed in inaccessible beach and forest locations where litter will be will be collected, sorted and analysed to raise awareness and encourage change.  Seabed sediment will be analysed to understand the impact of microplastics on organisms living there, in the meadows and in the banquettes. 

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Beach Cleaning

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ECO Relief, Lesvos, Greece

Website: http://www.lighthouserelief.org

The island of Lesvos is perhaps best known for the many species of migratory birds that find shelter in its ecosystem. Nature-lovers are captivated by the biodiversity of the island’s wetlands, rivers and rich chestnut forests that are perfect for hikes, mountain biking and bird watching. Life jackets, rubber dinghies, outboard engines and the waste generated by thousands of refugees arriving on the island mount up on its beaches, polluting habitats on the cliffs and shore. The situation is compounded by items discarded by the local population, as well as by general commercial waste washed up by winds and currents. Following on from our successful 2018 programme, the objective in 2019 is to clean approximately 32 km of coastline and 50 km of trails, which constitute an important aspect of the natural beauty and appeal of the island. A special focus will be placed on recycling, as well as on community- and school-based involvement and educational activities to reduce overall plastic use. A series of events will encourage participation in beach-clearing, recycling and upcycling initiatives.

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Clean Up

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Jaizkibel-Ulia Clean Up, Spain

Website: http://www.matermuseoa.com

The coast of Jaizkibel and Ulia is one of the best conserved coastal stretches of the Basque Country with spectacular hilly and rocky landscapes attracting hikers, runners, bikers, climbers, divers and fishers. There are many species of fauna and flora of European interest, and endemic species. The inaccessibility of the cliffs has attracted important colonies of seabirds as well as nests of raptors and scavengers, many of them threatened. The rich marine bottoms and intertidal environments host one of the most important populations of the Gelidium algae of the Basque coast.  Dolphins and other cetaceans often visit this coast to feed. Marine litter affects habitats, species and ecosystems leading to serious risks for humans and wildlife, through exposure to chemical substances, lethal or detrimental effects due to ingestion, as well as entrapment of marine fauna and other animals. This project will: clean the riverbed that leads to the study area, as well as cleanings creeks, seabeds and removing floating debris; raising awareness of the natural value of the area, plus the issues and solutions.   Education workshops will introduce alternatives to and reduction of consumption for different sectors of the population and visitors.

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Blue Whale Corcobado

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Reducing Aquaculture Debris in northern Patagonia, Chile

Website: http://www.costahumboldt.org

The livelihoods and wildlife of the coastal northern fjords of Chilean Patagonia are threatened by the expanding salmon aquaculture industry leading to eutrophication of the water column, antibiotic resistance and large amounts of plastic waste that ends up in the ocean. Annually the industry generates nearly 150.000 tons of plastic, recycling only 25% and discarding buoys, ropes, nets and different types of plastic, causing ingestion, entanglement and entrapment for large number of marine mammals, seabirds, cold water corals and other key marine life. Debris washed ashore negatively affects traditional fishing practices and local livelihoods as well as the experience of more than 65,000 fishing and nature-watching visitors that travel to this remote area annually. 2 major clean-up events and the support of continuous cleaning and outreach work of over 90.000 ha of inland waters and 250 km of shoreline will be funded alongside scientific research on the impacts of marine debris on cold-water corals. Costa Humboldt will work with local coastal indigenous communities, fishermen and local stakeholders to kick-start a strategic long-term initiative to tackle the problem at its source.

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The funding is enabling us to repair a damaged section of the iconic Three Peaks long distance footpath and restore an area of internationally important upland habitat. Voting for our project was a simple but highly effective way for our supporters to show how strongly they felt about improving access and protecting the landscape of this wonderful area. Thank you , EOCA!
Don Gamble, Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust