The local initiative, “PlastiStop”, is based on several elements:
The 1st component involves organising several clean-up and litter picking campaigns to reduce the amount of plastic poured in the Mediterranean. These campaigns will be implemented at three levels; on beaches; in shallow coastal waters, with young participants equipped with a snorkelling kit in order to instil a conservation culture and educate future advocates of the marine environment; and with deep sea campaigns in the most vulnerable areas (coral reefs, caves, palm leaf pound traps in Mellita).
The 2nd component of this initiative is the installation of a range of plastic collection equipment (boxes, dustbins, 10lt cans) in order to address the current lack of such facilities.
The 3rd component concerns the training of 10 people (5 fishermen and 5 youngsters) who will be future ambassadors of the Med and will raise public awareness and ensure the sustainability of the initiative in coordination with the association.