The regional agency DUNEA in cooperation with the University of Dubrovnik and the Public Institution for Management of Protected Areas of Nature of Dubrovnik-Neretva County, within the SeaClear project, organized the cleaning of waste from the sea in Tiha Bay in Cavtat. On this occasion, five divers from the EPIDAURUM diving club collected 44 kilograms of various waste fractions from the seabed in just one hour.
This event especially wants to draw attention to the huge amounts of plastic found in the seabed, and will encourage citizens to consider using sustainable options in everyday life and avoid disposable products.
As much as 90 percent of the waste in our seas is plastic. Due to numerous processes, over time, plastic waste is fragmented into small particles of micro plastics that further irreversibly become part of the food chain, which ultimately reaches humans. Thus, we can say with certainty that plastic is "endless" and that it "never disappears".
The treatment of waste from the sea in Tiha Bay provides insight into various fractions of waste that can be found in the sea, and will serve as valuable data for scientists in prototyping the autonomous robot system of the SeaClear project.
The total budget of the SeaClear project is slightly less than 38 million Kuna, and is financed completely from the European Union - the HORIZON 2020 program, through which more than six million Kuna has been provided for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The only Croatian partners are the DUNEA Regional Agency and the University of Dubrovnik. It was applied for at the invitation of Information and Communication Technologies 2018-2020, a scientific-innovative (RIA) funding scheme, and out of a total of 56 applicants, it is one of four projects approved for funding.