Marine litter is one of major threats in the Mediterranean and poses major environmental, health, aesthetic and economic problems. Awareness actions such as seabed cleaning campaign is a way of coping with it.
Tags: Sustainable Tourism, Natural Protection, Waste Managment
Project type Waste, marine litter
Promoter Bodrum’s Municipality
Site size 174 Km shoreline of Bodrum Municipality
Start date 2016
Kind of litter Glass bottles, plastics, bulk waste
Every year, after the tourist season, a volunteer diving team of around 12-13 divers and two boats organized by the municipality and supported by Bodrum Seamen association and Barbaros Yachting takes care of the cleaning of the seabed of major touristic places: beaches and marinas.
The seabed cleaning project is linked to the memories-novel of a fisherman writer from Halikarnas, title Blue Voyage, and is named after him: “Following the Footsteps of Cevat Şakir in Gökova”. The campaign lasts about one week, and the collection of waste is about 500kg, mainly composed by glass bottles and plastics. From time to time they also collect bulk waste, unusual things, like a satellite dish and a wheelbarrow.