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INTERMEPA Members focus on fight against plastic pollution

Celebrating 12 years of existence, the Steering Committee of INTERMEPA, the International Marine Environment Protection Association, convened in Athens yesterday, 7 June, on the occasion of Posidonia 2018. Present Members of the Committee were Warwick Norman, Chairman of AUSMEPA, George Tsavliris, Chairman of CYMEPA, Dr. George Gratsos and Capt. Dimitris Mitsatsos, Chairman and Director General of HELMEPA respectively, Joseph Hughes and Carleen Lyden-Walker, Chairman and Executive Director of NAMEPA respectively and Sadan Kaptanoglu, Chairperson of TURMEPA. HELMEPA’s BoD Treasurer Nicolas Bafaloukos and Legal Advisor Nicolas Gerassimou together with Christiana Prekezes, Executive Coordinator and Costas Triantafillou, Assistant Executive Coordinator, were also in attendance.

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Fish Drawn to the Scent of Plastic

On August 21, 2017, Environmental Coastal & Offshore (ECO), published an article explaining that small fish are driven by scent to eat plastic.

"When a small fish, like an anchovy, is eaten by a larger predator, whatever is in that smaller fish extends up the entire food chain. That’s why it’s important for us to understand why more than fifty marine species seem driven to ingest plastic debris."

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“World Aquariums Against Marine Litter” Launched in Europe

10 million tonnes of litter end up in the oceans every year. That is one garbage truck per minute, 400 kilos per second. Millions of marine animals die every year because of marine litter, including sea birds, seals, whales, dolphins and turtles. In some areas, micro plastics already outnumber plankton by six to one. And the prospects for the future look grim: by 2050, there could be more plastic than fish in the seas and 99% of seabirds could have ingested plastic.

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