Marine


In this category, all the projects are looking to clean up coast, ocean and sea bed from single use plastic and other waste, protecting wildlife and habitats. (Image Surfrider)
 
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!

AUTUMN VOTING WILL TAKE PLACE FROM THURSDAY 8TH OCTOBER TO THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER AT 12 NOON (BST / GMT+1) / 13.00 (CEST / GMT +2)
 

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Morecambe Bay

Nominated by:

Clear the Bay by Day, UK

Website: http://www.morecambebay.org.uk

Morecambe Bay is the largest intertidal area in the UK, and a national biodiversity hotspot, with a mosaic of habitats from dunes and salt marshes to grasslands and woodland.  It is visited by over 18 million day trippers annually. Many of these use the popular Bay Cycle Way, or take part in the Cross Bay Walk and other events. An epidemic of PPE (personal protective equipment) is adding to an ever increasing amount of plastic pollution,  resulting in an increasing threat to the  health of the ecologically fragile environment, as well as the natural beauty which attracts visitors to the area. The project will educate and communicate with those who love and use the Bay most by upscaling its volunteering operations to include cycleways and trails, working with sporting groups to eliminate single use waste from events and instilling the ‘leave no trace’ mentality in the Bay’s users. Independent beach cleans will be encouraged and 42 clean ups will be organised along 210km of beach, cycleway and trail, involving local groups, visitors, and organisations. 9 talks will be held specifically with event organisers to eliminate the use of single-use plastic.

Turtle caught in FAD

Nominated by:

Dos Manos, Spain

Website: http://www.savethemed.org

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

Marine Debris

Nominated by:

Let’s Clean the Mess in Guatemala!

Website: http://www.semillasdeloceano.org

Following the COVID-19 crisis and the huge increase in use of disposable face masks and hand sanitizer, many of these single-use products are now starting to appear as discarded litter. As the rainy season starts in Guatemala, these items will wash into rivers and the oceans where they may get eaten, entangle marine animals or break down into toxic micro-plastics.  This project will organise 20 huge clean up events along 11km of rivers and beaches, many of them important nesting sites for Olive Ridley and Hawksbill turtles, involving surfers, visitors, schools, businesses and local authorities.  It will also deliver local environmental education programmes, raising awareness of the problems of marine litter, and evaluating data about the collected marine debris.  Hard plastic collected will be recycled into school desks.

Banda Besar Coast

Nominated by:

Marine Paradise Coastal Cleanup, Indonesia

Website: http://www.bandasea.org

The coral reefs of Banda Besar are still home to more than 300 hard coral species, more than 500 reef fish species and a migration site for endangered species such as blue whales. However, plastic waste that washes ashore and sinks down to the reefs is a growing threat for corals and coastal forests surrounding the island.  This project will conduct a clean-up of the entire natural coastline of the island and those reefs littered by plastic.  This will cover 35km of shoreline and 11km of coral reef over 28 days of clean up events, involving 200 people.  It will also establish a system with the local communities to organise regular clean-ups in future. These actions will compliment the establishment of a waste collection system in the villages of Banda Besar, currently underway with a local partner to address another source of plastic pollution.  16 people from 8 local villages on Banda Besar will be trained in scuba diving, be involved in the underwater clean-ups, and help raise awareness of marine conservation issues inside the communities. Items collected will be made into mats or pellets for upcycling, and some plastic will be converted into fuel via an innovative pyrolysis machine.

Beach Cleaning with a Stand Up Paddleboard

Nominated by:

Paddling, Cleaning, Teaching, Brazil

Website: http://www.facebook.com

The project was created in August 2016 to raise awareness of the magnitude of the marine plastic pollution issue. Paddling on standup boards, the organisation cleans up vast stretches of coastal environments within Atlantic forest protected areas, whilst also organising activities in schools and events for communities en route, to raise awareness and engage people to get involved in coastal and marine conservation.  The major educational focus is on children, stimulating the development of environmentally conscious adults. They use social media, local television and radio programmes to inform, advocate and engage people along the way. Funding from EOCA will help fund a fourth expedition which will collect plastic and trash as it paddles 1,000 km along the coastline of the states of Paraná, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro, where there is the most significant stretch of Atlantic forest remnant in Brazil.  380 clean ups of the beaches and islands they encounter will result in plastic being collected and then being transformed into toys to be donated to local children, as well as chairs and tables. The project intends to reach 10,000 students and volunteers during their expedition.

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