Seabed cleaning - Collection and disposal of litter at depth up to 50m (Italy)

Seabed cleaning campaigns were organised between the coastal line and 50m depth and were carried out by expert or professional divers, recreational divers, and fishermen. Different types of litter were collected: metal, glass, plastic, fishing nets, fishing lines, buoys, etc.

In 2010, activities took place over 9 days with the help of 12 operators, 6 fishermen, 57 divers, 1 biologist and 11 boats. A total of 2150 kg of material was collected, mainly fishing nets.

In 2011, the activities were carried out over 7 days and involved 8 operators, 4 fishermen, 20 divers, 1 biologist and 8 boats to collect a total of 1100 kg of material, again mainly fishing nets.


Place / Location Ligurian Sea and Northern Tyrrhenian Sea (Italy)
Commencement Date February 2010
Duration 2 years (from April to October in 2010, and in April and May in 2011)
Theme Mitigation, Awareness (Cross-cutting)
Type of Initiative Campaign
Initiated by Liguria Regional Authority
Involved Stakeholders Local Authorities, Local Port Authorities, Local Diving Schools, Local fishermen
Funding/Financial Support Project financed by European Regional Development Fund
Success Rate Very Successful
Case Study prepared by Liguria Regional Authority,  Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Tuscany (ARPAT)
Submitted by Provincia di Teramo (MARLISCO Partner 1)
Luigi Alcaro

Available documentation and further informations

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