Aquatic litter

thalassia aporimata Aquatic litter is one of the biggest problems of the aquatic ecosystems. Uncontrolled consumption, disposal and accumulation of garbage cause problems to the organisms and subsequently to the normal function of ecosystems. For many years humans considered the oceans as the ideal place to throw trash and humans wastes. The delay in development of policies and measures for their treatment led to the exacerbation of the problem resulting in a significant volume of waste being added to the oceans. It is urgent the mentality shift, which in combination with effective measures will lead to the improvement of the state of aquatic ecosystems. ISea through its projects focuses on the establishment of research projects on aquatic litter. Its aims are to provide answers to qualitative composition and distribution of aquatic litter in Greek waters and coasts in order to develop appropriate policies at both public, and private level. An additional aim constitutes the public awareness focusing on the school community.

We are proud to announce the accession of iSea into the RIMMEL (River and Marine floating macro litter Monitoring and Modelling of Environmental Loading)  Observation Network of the Joint Research Centre.

Nowadays, marine litters are one of the biggest challenges facing the international community for the protection of the aquatic ecosystems. Between the types of marine litter, plastics are displaying the highest abundance worldwide. Their production and demand from households for end-of-life plastics grew exponentially the last decades. The wide range of shapes, sizes and impurities in combination with the high capacity for dispersion of the plastic products through the air and the water are responsible for multiple input sources making the management of the issue particularly difficult.

You could easily cleanup a beach and collect data about the area. You could find a beach close to you and contact us in order to help you design your cleanup step by step.