Save the Med Foundation are proud to present their Annual Report for 2023

Save the Med Foundation are proud to present their Annual Report for 2023

Save the Med Foundation are proud to present their Annual Report for 2023. Celebrating another amazing year of seeing the foundation grow, projects expand and more community involvement than ever. They have shaken things up a bit with this new presentation which provides a more dynamic version, giving readers a deeper insight into the many facets that come together to create the movement towards the marine regeneration of the Mediterranean Basin. To view their interactive report, click HERE.

Good news for nursehound sharks in Mallorca

Save the Med, nursehound sharks

Good news for nursehound sharks in Mallorca! More than 200 nursehound sharks (Scyliorhinus stellaris) have been born in captivity since the start of the collaborative pilot project “Small Sharks – Stellaris Action” in Mallorca. 36 of the sharks have already been tagged and released in local marine protected areas and will be joined by the remaining pups and breeders soon. The involved organisations, which include the Save the Med Foundation, hope to replicate this successful project with other threatened shark species in the future.

Save the Med met with Environment Secretary Hugo Morán

Save the Med meeting in Madrid with Environment Secretary Hugo Morán

On the 16th February a meeting in Madrid took place with the Environment Secretary Hugo Morán. Save the Med Foundation joined forces with 116 entities from the #LeydeResiduosYA (WasteLawNOW) a movement which is demanding a full implementation of the Waste Law. Highlighting the critical need to meet the law’s objectives, they urged swift action on key measures: prioritising waste prevention at source, enhancing transparency and reliability through robust monitoring and control of recycling data, and establishing a Deposit Return System for cans, bottles, and Tetra Pak’s.

Save the Med Foundation’s Changemakers Project

Save The Med students

In an exciting initiative to combat plastic pollution in Mallorca, 295 high school students have already signed up to Save the Med Foundation’s Changemakers Project. These young innovators are coming up with creative ideas to reduce the use of single-use plastics. More sign ups are coming in while the STM team is preparing exciting experiences at sea for the 20 teams that present the most promising project ideas. To discover more click HERE.

Plastic Free Balearics project

Plastic Free Balearics

Since 2021, the Plastic Free Balearics project, launched by Save the Med and collaborators, has helped over 170 hospitality establishments in the Balearic Islands to reduce their single-use plastic consumption, leading to a collective prevention of approximately 40,000 kilograms of plastic waste. A hundred establishments have achieved the Plastic Free Guardian certification to date, demonstrating their commitment to environmental care. The team are eager to expand their reach this year, helping to educate and influence positive change.

3rd anniversary of Sa Dragonera Island Marine Reserve in Mallorca

Scuba divers, diving Sa Dragonera Island Marine Reserve in Mallorca

On November 7th, Save the Med Foundation celebrated the 3rd anniversary of Sa Dragonera Island Marine Reserve in Mallorca. The latest monitoring report by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (March 2023) revealed a staggering three-fold increase in the biomass of commercially valuable fish species within the reserve. This remarkable achievement is a result of unwavering conservation efforts by local communities, NGOs and authorities, and a testament to the power of collective action and collaboration in marine regeneration.

ISRA – Important Shark and Ray Area

Blue shark

The team at Save the Med have always known Mallorca was a special place, and now it’s official! The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has declared a large part of the waters around the Balearic Islands an area of special relevance for the survival and conservation of sharks and rays, also known as ISRA – Important Shark and Ray Area. This specific designation involved the work of 180 international scientists, including elasmobranch biologist Gabriel Morey, co-founder of Save the Med Foundation. Read the full story HERE.

Save the Med closed another year of Changemakers action with the Changemakers Expedition

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

Last month, Save the Med closed another year of Changemakers action with the Changemakers Expedition. The project is open to all students living in the Balearic Islands aged 15-18. Students are challenged to develop an idea to reduce the use of single-use plastic and send it to the Save The Med team. The five teams with the most impactful projects are then invited to join a marine science expedition exploring the wildlife in the Mediterranean Sea. These students were invited on-board the Bonnie Lass. During the expedition, they explored the Tramuntana coastline, studied and identified Mediterranean species, learnt techniques in microplastic analysis and marine science. Congratulations to all the students who completed the unique work experience!

Save the Med Foundation are participating in a new project named ‘Tackling single-use plastics in the Adriatic region

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

Sharing is caring! Save the Med Foundation are participating in a new project named ‘Tackling single-use plastics in the Adriatic region through public and private action’ through which they support other entities in adapting their Plastic Free Balearics Certification Programme and implementing it in new areas together with ‘MedWaves’ and ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ)’. Find out more about their work to reduce plastic HERE.

Nearly 1,000 students and 80 teachers joined Save the Med’s Dos Manos School Programme

Ocean Talks sponsored by OFF

School’s out for summer! This spring, nearly 1,000 students and 80 teachers joined Save the Med’s Dos Manos School Programme, an initiative which explores the issue of plastic in the marine environment and the effect this has on our marine life and ourselves. It’s offered to local schools with the aim of reaching and engaging as many students, teachers and parents as possible with marine conservation, ultimately helping to shape an environmentally caring and proactive local population and future generation. The recent team worked hard to categorise and remove plastic pollution from beaches all around Mallorca. The Top 5 most commonly found items included: microplastics, cigarette butts, bottle lids, ear bud sticks, and ropes and strings. Learn more about here.