Save The Med’s Changemaker Project invites students aged 8-18

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Save The Med’s Changemaker Project invites students aged 8-18 to develop and implement their own ideas for the prevention of single use plastic. June 21st, the NGO organised a “Changemakers event” where more than 100 Changemaker students, teachers and parents met for an inspirational evening with project presentations, talks, workshops, music and the announcement of the six teams that presented the most impactful projects and were invited to join Save The Med onboard marine science expeditions this summer! Click here to read more.

 

Save The Med have introduced Plastic Free Balearics (PFB) certification

Save The Med have introduced Plastic Free Balearics (PFB), a new certification created to incentivise the reduction of single-use plastic in the hospitality industry of the Balearic Islands. The PFB Certification is a seal of environmental quality. Not only does it help businesses comply with the current Balearic Waste Law and European regulations, it goes beyond. With this certification, they offer useful tools for businesses to identify honest alternatives to single-use plastic, such as straws and packaging, while discovering reusable options to help eliminate and /or reduce waste

The Plastic Free Balearics Certification Programme

UKSA women undertaking their Superyacht Cadetship

The Plastic Free Balearics Certification Programme, which was successfully launched by Save The Med Foundation and collaborating entities in 2021 to help companies reduce their use of single use plastics, has published a free guide that facilitates purchasing decisions with a lower environmental impact in the hospitality sector. Download the Guide To Honest Alternatives To Single-Use Plastics here. This guide intends to help businesses make more environmentally friendly decisions by knowing which products truly help the environment.

Proposal of a new type of Marine Protected Area

UKSA women undertaking their Superyacht Cadetship

Save The Med are developing a project for the proposal of a new type of Marine Protected Area in the north of Mallorca. This new approach aims to ensure that newly protected areas are based on scientific data, and that they consider the interconnection between human activities on land and sea. From here they ensure that the community is involved with marine stewardship in order to achieve lasting protection.

Elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) are vulnerable to overfishing

Bottled water impact on public health

Elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) are vulnerable to overfishing. Knowing the volume of the catches of these species is essential to assess the impact of fishing and protect populations. Save The Med have conducted a 12-month survey, monitoring the catches of sharks and rays brought to the Palma Fish Market where 70% of the catches from the Balearic Islands are traded weekly. Throughout 2022, more than 6,000 boxes weighing more than 30 tonnes were surveyed. Eight shark species, and sixteen species of skates and rays were documented. Researchers are continuing to monitor, with the hope of seeing improvements over time.

Bottled water consumption affects the environment and also your health

Bottled water impact on public health

The quality of tap water in the Balearic Islands has traditionally been seen as harmful for human consumption. As a result, bottled water consumption is the norm, despite the fact that tap water in 81.3% of the Balearic Islands is drinkable. Inspired, Save The Med Foundation have published results showcasing the findings from a Water Quality Project which map the tap water quality in the area. By educating locals there can be a reduction in the use of unnecessary bottled water. There are also calls to improve the use of water filtering systems in areas where tap water is not safe to drink.

Save The Med Foundation ‘Dos Manos Schools Programme’

A Plastic Planet featured in the news

For the 2021- 22 school year, more than 2,300 students have already signed up to the Save The Med Foundation ‘Dos Manos Schools Programme’, during which students learn about plastic pollution, conduct a beach clean and citizen science survey to help them categorise and count thousands of plastic objects found on their local beaches. The collected data is then uploaded to a database and used by the Save The Med team to raise awareness, inform policy and develop solutions to meet issues caused by plastic pollution.

Sharks are key to healthy and balanced ecosystems

Stellaris Action - Baby shark

Sharks, despite their bad reputation are key to healthy and balanced ecosystems. To protect them, the Save The Med Foundation participates in the collaborative project “Stellaris Action” which aims to help recover the Balearic populations of the small, threatened Nursehound shark through a breeding and release programme which is combined with educational components and run in collaboration with the local government, rescue center, conservation organisations and fishermen. The first fifteen sharks have now been hatched and further egg hatching continues under the supervision of marine biologists.