Last weekend, millions around the globe celebrated World Oceans Day on 8th of June. In Malta, three local NGOs, namely Żibel, No To Plastic Malta and Raniero’s Adventures – Live Life, organised a Snorkel and Coastal Clean-Up at Paradise Bay in the hopes of raising awareness of ocean cleanliness and environmental activism.
Previous clean-ups have proved massively successful, with some collecting over 1.6 tonnes of plastic and fishing materials from the waters surrounding our islands. And while the total figures for this year’s clean-up are yet to be announced, judging by a video uploaded to the Raniero’s Adventures – Live Life Facebook page, this year seems to have brought in an equally massive – and worrying – haul.
Large amounts of wooden debris and fishing materials from a nearby shipwreck, as well as old tires and crate full of plastic bottle caps are just a few of the items dragged out of our seas last weekend
40 divers and over 30 on-land volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the incredibly hot afternoon, bringing up and sorting out everything that was polluting the beach.
However, a spokesperson from Raniero’s Adventures – Live Life told Lovin Malta that, despite all their work, there are still “large amounts of wood and rope” that need to be collected as well as a lot of plastic on our beaches which is apparently “impossible to collect all as it has been reduced into little pieces which are even worse for the marine life.”
If you wish to take the initiative and help these NGOs with any future clean-ups, they’re aiming to organise one every month, so you can follow their Facebook pages to keep up to date on all the details.