Establishment of marine litter collection stations
The idea of establishing marine litter stations is a unique and innovative idea and perception of our organization, which ranked first among 475 ideas in Europe in the context of Advocate Europe contest.
The stations are established at harbours, where mainly fishing communities operate and are equipped with bins and relevant signage that helps citizens and fishermen place collected litter by the sea and coastal zones. Municipal authorities, in cooperation with our team, are responsible for monitoring waste and distributing it to recycling or upcycling plants. In this context, our organization participates in the Blue Cycle program, where fishing gear is collected via our stations and through our underwater and coastal operations.
Marine litter collection stations are very important for achieving our goals and strengthening our relations with fishermen and coastal communities, promoting our innovative approach for recycling and upcycling marine litter, developing data of scientific interest, as well as operating as hubs that facilitate the implementation of numerous activities by our team.
Recently, the network of stations acquired the patronage of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, while our organization, together with the cooperating municipalities, created the first National Network of Municipalities, the “Blue Municipalities” Network, which will focus on the protection of the marine environment.
Kilos of nets
Our stations are located in the areas of Paroikia and Naousa and were established in cooperation with the Municipality of Paros. In this context, we work together with the local fishermen association and a number of stakeholders in the island that contribute to the efficient management of the station.
The station, located at the port of Antiparos, is the first one in Greece and was established in cooperation with the Municipality of Antiparos and with the support of the Cyclades Preservation Fund. In order to ensure the efficient operation of the station we cooperate with the fishermen association, the Antiparos Recycling Committee and the dive center Blue Island Divers.
Our first marine litter station in the Ionian islands, in the area of Lygia! In collaboration with the Municipality of Lefkada, the local authorities of Lygia and the local cultural association! A project that finds all of us determined for turning this station a guide for the rest of the Ionian islands!
Our station is located in Tarsanas area. For its establishment and operations, we fully cooperate with the Municipal Authorities of Syros island, the Port authority and the Fishing Associations. We are really happy that our long cooperation resulted in the establishment of the first station in the capital of Cyclades.
Another fruitful cooperation with the Municipal Authorities of Tinos, the Social Enterprise Kalloni-Kellia and the Fishing Association resulted in the establishment of our station next to the Fishing Harbour, at the old port of Tinos! Another island where we are committed to introduce widespread activities.
The station is located in Pounta and was established under the support of Day8-Yacht Week and the Municipality of Poros. Our objective is to demonstrate the added value of our first station in the islands of Argo-Saronic Gulf!
Our station is located at the port of Anafi and is live evidence of the exceptional cooperation we have with the municipal authorities of the island. It is also a clear example of an extremely active fishing community as all discussions for the establishment of the station started with the initiative of the fishing communities of Antiparos and Anafi!
The second station of the Ionian was set up in the bay of Garitsa, in the area of the Windmill, in one of the largest island Municipalities. In an extremely busy place, next to the Association of Amateur Fishermen, we hope that this new project will be embraced by the entire local community with the valuable help of the Municipal Authority.
Our network of Marine Litter Collection Stations in the Cyclades expanded with the establishment of two new stations in Santorini, one in the fishing port of Vlychada and the other in the fishing shelter of Monolithos. With the invaluable cooperation with the Port Fund of Thira, the Municipality of Thira and the fishing community, the stations operate seamlessly from the first days of their installation.
Our first marine litter collection station on the island of Zakynthos is located at the fishing shelter of Alykanas. The station is part of our overall cooperation with the local authorities and Natura Di Zante. A collaboration with two quite active partners that includes a wide array of activities that could pose as an example for the rest of the island.
Alonissos is the first island of the Sporades that acquires a station in the fishing shelter of Votsi and joins the Network of Blue Municipalities. We are thrilled to welcome an island with a water park that joins forces with other islands to protect the marine environment. This is the trigger for an excellent cooperation with the Municipality of Alonissos and the expansion of our operations in this part of the Aegean.
Our second stop in the Sporades in collaboration with the Skyros Port Fund in the port of Skyros! The goal of Skyros is the expansion of activities! We look forward to a very fruitful cooperation that will allow us to evaluate the impact of our activities on an island very different from the rest in terms of population and tourist flows.
Our 13th station is up and running in one of the most cosmopolitan islands of the Aegean. The station was set up in the busy marina of Vourkari and aspires to be an important hub of operations but also the springboard of a flawless cooperation between us and the Municipality of Kea.
The network of our Marine Litter Collection Stations stations in the Cyclades is expanding with the installation of a brand new station in the fishing shelter in Naxos Town. A very important step for an island that is a hub for thousands of visitors and tourists.
Why Aegean Rebreath
Our actions in depolluting the seabeds are the first organized initiatives with the help and support of various governmental structures while our philosophy includes the awareness and training of the local communities and schools.