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"The periodical monitoring performed on the selected beaches of the participating islands provided meaningful results regarding the composition and the dynamics of the marine litter during both low and high touristic seasons. For the sake of concision and clarity, only a general view of what occurs in the participating islands is presented here.

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Posted on November 7, 2017 - 4:17pm, by raye
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Via Treehugger

"The researchers found that just 10 rivers may be responsible for dumping almost four million metric tons of plastic into the ocean every year. And thus, targeting those rivers could have a dramatic impact on reducing marine pollution."

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"SOLAS has opened the application for the 7th International SOLAS Summer School, 23rd July - 4th August 2018, Cargèse, Corsica, France.

Deadline for applications: 15 November 2017

The SOLAS Summer School brings together over 70 students and 15 world-leading international scientists, in a variety of fields, for a combination of lectures and practical workshops.

It aims to teach the skills and knowledge of the many disciplines needed to understand the nature of ocean-atmosphere interactions and how to link ocean-atmosphere interactions with climate and people.

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"The work carried out under the Coastal Area Management Programme (CAMP), which is coming to an end in France's Var département, has produced tools that can be used today by local and Mediterranean stakeholders involved in managing coastal areas.

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"Protected areas, such as national parks, natural parks and / or UNESCO World Heritage areas, are a great attraction for tourists interested in exploring the natural areas, culture,and wildlife in the Mediterranean.

Malaga has been the focal point of a meeting for the promotion of ecotourism in Mediterranean protected areas, with the participation of representatives from six countries at a training event organized by IUCN-Med. The training took place under the framework of DestiMED, a new project funded by the European Union under the Interreg Mediterranean Programme.

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"Over 13% of anthozoan species in the Mediterranean Sea - which include corals and related species - are threatened with extinction, according to the Red List of Anthozoans report published recently by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The report proposes urgent conservation measures, including restrictions on unsustainable fishing practices, to protect these species and the rich biodiversity they harbour.

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"​The Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) hosted a successful 4 day international conference on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Mediterranean as part of the LIFE BaĦAR for N2K project between the 11th and 14th September.

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"Naxos, Paros, Kalymnos, Leros are the four Greek islands of the South Aegean Region that are part of the approved Strategic Plan of the South Aegean Region for the construction of diving parks.

The Monitoring Committee of the Interreg V-A Greece-Cyprus Cooperation Program 2014-2020, during its 4th meeting on 14/9/2017 in Lesbos, has approved seven strategic projects including the project “An.Di.Kat.: Diving routes in Maritime Protected Areas Regions of the Eastern Mediterranean – Development of a Diving Tourism Network “.

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Posted on September 15, 2017 - 10:44am, by abrown
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Via The Guardian

A vessel carrying 2,500 tonnes of fuel oil and marine gas sunk on Sunday off of Salamína island, and the resulting oil spill has hit popular beaches and bays in Athens’ Argo-Saronic gulf. It has been described as an ecological disaster.

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