Surfrider Coastal Defenders, new name, new website, but the same drive and determination in the fight for clean water and healthy beaches.
On January 18, during an official meeting between various maritime transport stakeholders in the Mediterranean, the French government has reasserted its decision to establish an Emission Control Area (ECA) by 2022.
The municipalities of Pays de St-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie went back on Bretignolles-sur-Mer’s marina project and submitted it again to a preliminary public concertation.
In the early hours of Wednesday the 19th of December, (after 6 months of discussions and a final long night of negotiations) the European Union reached a landmark agreement to tackle plastic pollution in our rivers, beaches and ocean.
Urban areas such as cities and metropolises have an important role to play in reducing plastic pollution, specifically that from plastic bottles.These items that we see laying on the sidewalks, in gutters and along the sides of roads get swept up in streams of runoff, entering the water column mostly through sewers, and eventually dump into the ocean.
In recent years, a phenomenon of appearance and proliferation of an alga called Ostreopsis ovata has appeared in the Mediterranean. This microalga can be toxic and have adverse effects on both the environment and human health. To raise awareness on the presence of this alga, Surfrider is getting involved in Mediterranean to monitor the evolution of its presence, and initiate preventive and informative measures.
On July 20th, the Marseille Administrative Court delivered its verdict concerning the Alteo plant's derogation from pollution standards and its toxic discharges into the Mediterranean sea. Representing a remarkable victory after a 10-year effort for the Surfrider team and the Keepers of the Coast program against Alteo, the world leader of the production of aluminas.
Absolute blight, 5 to 13 millions tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans every year. Even though the European Union has just presented new measures to reduce single-used plastics, Surfrider Foundation Europe calls out European cities to act for the reduction of pollution due to plastic bottles.
Placing the oceans at the heart of the manifestos for the upcoming European elections is Surfrider Foundation Europe's new challenge through the Voice for the Ocean campaign.