Reducing the quantity of marine litter is one of the strategic objectives of Mare Nostrum NGO, which the organization achieves through multiple projects. One of the most important is the marine litter monitoring program, a constant and continuous program, which helps to inventory the number of litter registered on the Romanian beaches. The experience of the organization, from this point of view, is more than eloquent: in 1999 the first such monitoring was organized and in 2014 took place the monitoring according to European methodology.
Before each summer season (April – May) and at the end of it (September – October), the team of specialists of Mare Nostrum NGO, together with volunteers, performs monitoring on almost 2% of the surface of the beaches on the Romanian coast, according to European methodology. Marine litter recorded on each sector is inventoried and data are subsequently centralized in a report. Each report is made public and transmitted to authorities that can take real measures regarding the reduction of marine litter on the Romanian beaches.
Every year, we are sounding the alarm over the existing quantities of marine litter on Romanian coast and try to convince the authorities to take action to stop this phenomenon. We consider the education of tourists and local community very important and our campaigns have media support to reach the main public.
HERE you can see the results for beach monitoring of October 2017 session
Every day, we fight for the reduction of plastic and cigarette butts on the Romanian coast.