The Mare Nostrum Network proudly supports # 2minutebeachclean, launched in Israel on the World Oceans Day by one of our members: Ecoocean Association, along with Israel Nature and Park Authority and Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection. The initiative, which began in Britain, quickly became viral all over the world. The purpose of the project is to harness the community to clean the beach by a small act that requires two minutes of their time: Pick it – Snap it – Tag it.
Projects & Campaigns
Here you will find some of our members' projects and campaigns.
How do you save sharks? Well, in the early hours of the morning, you can find dedicated volunteer Sharklab-Malta members recovering egg cases from sharks landed at the fish market. These egg cases are taken, carefully kept at the correct temperature in sea water, to the Malta National Aquarium. There they hatch and are cared for until they are big enough to be returned to the Mediterranean, where they belong. In the first two years of the programme over 200 sharks have been rescued, hatched and returned.
Agricultural activity in coastal areas in Spain, generates huge amounts of plastic pollution that ends up in the Mediterranean. Much of these fruits and vegetables are sold at UK supermarkets. Film director Rupert Murray (The End of the Line, Unknown White Male) came to Murcia and Almería in Southern Spain last November to obtain evidences on how bad the situation is.
The Mare Nostrum Network presents SeaWatch (available in Hebrew) – a mobile application created by one of our members - SPNI. SeaWatch is meant to enable the public to report about different types of marine hazards such as marine litter, illegal fishing, invasive species, injured Cetaceans and Sea Turtles and more. The main goal of the application is to collect more relevant information about marine hazards and efficiently transporting data from the field to the authorities while engaging the public for marine conservation.
Mare Nostrum network presents MarLitCy - a cooperative project run by one of our members - AKTI Project and Research Center. MarLitCy - Marine Litter, together for Clean Coasts - aims to use the problem of marine litter as a tool for promoting dialog and building closer relationships between Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot NGOs and communities.
Posidonia oceanica is a seagrass species endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. It forms extensive meadows that are important for two main reasons: they constitute the habitat of a large number of invertebrate and fish species, that have a high ecological and commercial value; and they help stabilize the substrate, playing a crucial role in coastal dynamics and sedimentary balance.
The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel has partnered with local fishermen and marine conservation groups to launch a public campaign: Fish Responsibly. The campaign aims to reform fishing laws in the Mediterranean, in order to improve the health of marine ecosystems and help dwindling fish populations recover.
The Ambiente Europeo Association (AAE) is the Spanish coordinator of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup project for the fourth consecutive year.
The report below presents the results from the 2013 campaign. In addition, AAE has shared some preliminary results for the 2014 campaign with us:
The aim of the campaign S.O.S. Adriatic is to keep the entire Adriatic Sea oil free, not only by stopping the planned activities in Croatia, but also by ending existing oil production on the Italian side of the Adriatic.
ARGONAFTIS is a 5 month in service training for young scientists in the field of environment. NOW OPEN for applications!