In a time where the world is facing some of the biggest challenges to date, Save the Med Foundation believes that dreaming big and aiming high is the key to eventually overcoming them. It’s no longer enough to speak about marine conservation and work to preserve decayed marine ecosystems in their current state. That’s why the foundation is doing all they can to restore and regenerate these ecosystems and allow them to thrive as they once used to.
From marine-life tagging, beach clean-ups, strategic partnerships and more, the team at the foundation has been working hard over the summer to push their initiatives forward, and here's exactly how they’ve been doing it:
Follow the tagged turtles
The team from Alnitak, the marine research and education centre dedicated to conservation and protection for marine ecosystem have recently joined Save The Med Foundation and throughout the summer, weekly expeditions onboard Toftevaag have been conducted. The summer season ended with an epic day at sea during which the team deployed the last satellite tag on a turtle named Conxa.
The tagging is part of the ‘Animal Oceanographers’ project through which the duo work to identify and map risk factors that threaten vulnerable pelagic species and contribute important data for the surveillance and management of off shore marine protected areas, thereby protecting their habitats as whole. You can see what the turtles have been up to here!
Discover the Marine Protected Area, Sa Dragonera
Save the Med Foundation believes that engagement of local communities is the key to achieving lasting marine protection and therefore, with the support of Marilles Foundation, recently launched a new local leadership project which invites anyone who wants to participate in the care and protection of their local marine protected area (MPA) to become part of the project.
The first project of its kind will be entering around the MPA of Sa Dragonera and includes a series of community events and actions, starting with a collaborative photography project of the area which will be exhibited during autumn. Individuals, schools, businesses, sport centres, ocean lovers of all sorts are welcome to join the project and contribute their ideas on how to unite to raise awareness about the value of Sa Dragonera, and work together for its protection. If you'd like to know more and/or participate in the project, make sure you get in touch with email@example.com.
Back to School
The Dos Manos Team are back in schools all over Mallorca, and are currently in touch with around 50 schools to participate in their schools programme and fight plastic pollution. Save the Med Foundation launched the season together with an awesome group of students from Pureza de María in Manacor at the end of September and over 1000 students have already signed up and are ready to take action.
Dos Manos Beach Cleans
The foundation launched the beach clean season with a Dos Manos clean-up for the World Ocean's Day in Mal Pas, Alcúdia, together with around 120 volunteers so be sure to follow the latest updates on the Facebook event.
Images: Save the Med Foundation