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18 July 2017 Press release

Major underwater clean-up operation in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat - Saturday 22 July, 9 am to 12 pm

RAMOGE Agreement partners with SOS Grand Bleu for initiative to clean up sea bed.

The initiative will be run in cooperation with numerous partners (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat town hall, the Nice Fire Service, the Cap Plongée diving club, the Centre International de Plongée en Apnée (International Freediving Centre), Submarine Locaventure Nice, and Véolia Eau), and is calling on all volunteers, divers (minimum level 2) and free divers who would like to help in the fight against marine waste to pitch in.

The clean-up operation is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the significant presence of solid waste discarded by humans in the sea, and of the threat that it poses to the environment.

Marine waste has an impact on fauna, flora and water quality. The Mediterranean is one of the areas of the world most affected by marine waste. Data collected in recent years has shown that on the sea bed, density levels reaching tens of thousands of pieces of rubbish per hectare have been observed close to large urban areas and in certain regions of the Mediterranean Basin. One hundred percent of stranded sea turtles have ingested plastics! Cetaceans are also affected by this type of pollution. An international study revealed that sperm whales have ingested enormous quantities of rubbish (fishing gear, rope, plastic bags, food packaging, coffee pods and even car parts).

It is up to all of us to protect the marine environment from such pollution. Rubbish discarded in nature does not simply disappear!

Our individual efforts are crucial. So let’s adopt these simple actions: let’s promise to never dispose of our rubbish anywhere other than at designated collection points, to sort our waste, and to use products whose packaging has been reduced to a minimum.

Meet at 9 am on Saturday 22 July 2017 at Espalmador Bay, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat

Register in advance with SOS Grand Bleu:

Murielle Oriol, Tel.: 04 93 76 17 61 or Mobile: 06 63 43 43 21

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