Tunisian fishermen to support study on sea plastic pollution
February 19, 2020
A team from “Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer” (INSTM), partner of the EU-funded COMMON project, visited the port of Mahdia, Tunisia, to meet with the local fishermen community and share a questionnaire related to the pollution of the sea by plastic waste.
A first meeting with the fishermen of Mahdia was successfully carried out to discuss their contribution to the diagnosis of the level and type of sea pollution.
Combating the issue of marine litter requires a global effort at basin level through a multi-institutional and multi-stakeholder approach that tackles the different and competing environmental, economic, social, cultural and recreational drivers that can affect marine ecosystems. The COMMON project will apply the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) principles to the challenge of marine litter, improving knowledge of the phenomenon, enhancing the environmental performance of 5 pilot coastal areas in Italy, Tunisia and Lebanon, and engaging local stakeholders in marine litter management.