Citizens and scientists join forces to cleanup the coastline and seafloor of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos

On the 29th of June 2019, a team of some 50 volunteers including scientists, citizens and scuba divers came together at the National Marine Park of Zakynthos for a challenging task: to cleanup the coastline and seafloor of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos.

The National Marine Park is part of the Natura 2000 protected areas network and is one of the most important habitats for the loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta. In fact this is the first national park established for the protection of sea turtles in the Mediterranean.

The marine litter removal actions took place at the southeastern part of Zakynthos, at Keri. The cleanup activities were coupled with marine litter data collection. Marine litter items found on the beach and on the seafloor were collected, classified and recorded in accordance with a set of harmonized protocols that have been elaborated by the Interreg Med ‘Plastic Busters MPAs’ project.

The cleanup was co-organized by: the Nero Sport Diving Centre, the Management Agency of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, and the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research- Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters and run within the framework of the Interreg Med ‘Plastic Busters MPAs’ project.