A prestigious award for the Plastic Busters project
The reason for the award:
“Plastic is now present in all of our seas. There is an urgent need to investigate the effect of plastics on marine organisms“
On September 30 during The BRIGHT event in Siena, the Plastic Busters researchers have promoted an awareness raising event on the issue of marine litter.
Starting test for Operation Pelagos: the “MV Brigitte Bardot”, Sea Shepherd Italy, the Università di Siena and the “Cima Foundation” join their forces for a research campaign in the Pelagos Sanctuary. Sea Shepherd is going to assist the researchers, who will carry out photo-identification of cetacean specimens present in the in the area in which the study will take place, we will take tissue samples from live animals (biopsies), and acquire qualitative and quantitative data concerning the presence of plastic in the water.
Video “Operation Pelagos”
On April 14 and 15 the University of Siena, Italy, hosted a meeting of the 15-member Plastic Busters Project consortium to evaluate past success and plan future work. Project highlights to date include receiving financial support from GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), the unanimous endorsement of the initiative by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), and achieving the prestigious UfM label in February 2016.
One Planet – One Ocean: From Science to Solutions is a ten-week course presenting the challenges and opportunities facing oceans today. Led by the teams at GEOMAR, the International Ocean Institute, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and Future Ocean, the course brings in some of the world’s leading experts on ocean science to present the issues and potential solutions grounded in rigorous scientific research.
For more information on the course, visit the Website.
The overall goal of the project is to effectively tackle the issue of marine litter in the Mediterranean. The project directly supports the implementation of the UNEP/MAP Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean, linking and contributing also to the global Honolulu Strategy framework for prevention and management of Marine Debris. The project is also in line with the recommendations of the UfM Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Change (May 2014) and the UfM Ministerial on Blue Economy (November 2015).
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