Under the framework of the European bio-communal project MarLitCy “Marine Litter for Synergies, Capacity-building and Peacebuilding” funded by the EU through the Civil Society in Action Call, Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre and AKTI organized and implemented the “Meet the sea event & Dive against Debris events” event on Saturday, 9th October 2021.
A beach clean-up at Limanaki beach, Ayia Napa (distance 1km) and a sea-bed clean up at the touristic diving spot “Canyon” at Cape Greco were implemented. In total, 38 volunteers of which 20 were divers, participated in the event alongside with Enalia Physis’s and AKTI’s teams they remove 27.5kg of marine litter in two hours.
It is remarkable to mention that about a fifth (5.5 kg) of marine litter collected were cigarette butts. The majority of the litter was constituted of plastics and especially micro-plastics and single use plastics such as plastic bottles, caps and straws. It was expected not to find big in size or heavy litters because the chosen sites are touristic destinations. The 27.5kg may not sounds as a big of a deal but if you consider that most of the litter were cigarette butts, straws, empty water bottles and bottle caps that weight very little you can image the amount items that were collected in terms of numbers.
The aim of this activity was to raise awareness on the issue of marine litter and get everyone involved in cleaning our coasts and seas.
We would like to thank Ayia Napa Municipality, Kimon Diving Academy, for their support and a big thank you to Pick it Up group, CiPen, Verginas Highschool and all the rest volunteers for their help.