MedPAN regional workshop on Marine Litter

In Slovenia, town of Izola, during a period of several days (28.11 - 1.12.), a regional workshop on the exchange of experience and knowledge on marine litter was organized. It was organized as part of traditional annual workshops organized by MedPAN (Network of Managers of Protected Maritime Areas in the Mediterranean) and Interreg Project Act4Litter. The workshop was held under the title "MPAs facing pollution in the Mediterranean: thinking beyond borders", and the task was to present the most recent research and effort don on the problem of litter in the marine environment with a special emphasis on marine protected areas. Several problems and / or research in Croatia were also presented (marine litter and Neptune sea grass on Saharun beach on Dugi otok, and litter from leisure boats in NP Kornati).

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Clean Up the World Zadar 2017.

As a part of the Clean Up the World Day that is happening around the world on the 15th of September, we held the underwater clean-up action on Puntamika beach in Zadar. Accompanied with good weather and a few hard working divers and citizens, we removed a noticeable amount of litter from the marine environment. We also collected larger parts of litter on the beach. The litter on the beach we did not manage to collect than was collected a few weeks later in a beach clean up action on which students from Marine Group of Biology Student Association - BIUS joined us. We also did a monitoring of that litter, separating waste by type and size and filling in the sheet forms.

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Insula Tilagus – BIUS yearly research project of 2017.

In May and September we joined the members of the BIUS Marine Group on their big yearly research field trip on Dugi otok as part of the educational research project Insula Tilagus 2017. In May, we have devoted ourselves to researching the shallow infralitoral using CARLIT method to examine the coverage and composition of the algae community. We also carried out a beach clean-up and litter monitoring on the Saharun beach on Dugi otok. The purpose of this monitoring is to create useful database on the type and amount of litter found on the Croatian beaches! In September the members of BIUS join us in our research of microplastics. We did research dives in which we would colect sediment samples and collection of sea cucumbers in Telasica Nature Park. The digestive system of sea cucumbers was fixated and later examined for microplastic particals because they fed on the organic matter...

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Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior in the Adriatic

In the third week of Operation Wallacea we managed to have acollaboration with Greenpeace Croatia! We did a seabed screening using the Observer 4, mini-ROV Subsea and we spend the whole day on their infamous Rainbow Warrior 3. With partners from NGO Deep Blue Explorers we had the privilege to be a part of this worldly diverse team for a day. Looking forward to future collaborations!

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Happy Ocean Day!

Celebrate Ocean Day! Thanks to many friends and partners, this year we were part of a great and beautiful story. The Oceans Day we celebrated od Dugi otok with an educational workshop for primary school pupils on Dugi otok in the Sali Library with a theme on marine litter. Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away. Sarah Kay

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