Plastic Busters meeting on biondicator species for marine litter in the Med

Plastic Busters scientistis involved in WP2 met in Siena on 16-17 February 2017 to discuss about the current state of knowledge on marine litter impact on Mediterranean biodiversity.

During the meeting partners have discussed to identify and propose the best suitable bioindicator species for monitoring marine litter effects,to explore the best tecniques to detect presence and effects on organisms (for an harmonized protocol) and discuss about future perspectives on the issue of marine litter.

The outcomes of the meeting will be presented in the Plastic Busters meeting in a multilanguage version.

Plastic busters on sky tg 24

 Sky has decided to spearhead the Sky Ocean Rescue campaign to tackle the overwhelming amount of plastic pollution threatening our seas.

Prof. Maria Cristina Fossi and other members of the Plastic Busters team were interviewed by Sky TG24 Italy to show the impact of plastic litter on organisms that live in the Mediterranean Sea


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Plastic busters on the “MV Brigitte Bardot” Sea Shepherd Italy

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”




The Plastic Busters Project: moving forward in Siena


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.

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