Flumendosa River Cleanup was one of the events on the long list of river cleanups rivers on the Italian territory held in September and promoted by Cleanup Italia – the network of Italian voluntary organisations. It was also registered as International Coastal Cleanup 2020 event with our partner, Ocean Conservancy. We are also supported by our new partner – Waste Free Oceans.
Second clean up this month was organised at the estuary of Flumendosa. We have never held an event there and when we arrived there we were at owe by the beauty of this part of the coast. The river mouth is separated from the sea by a wide stripe of sandy beach stretching for kilometres. On the horizon you can see the mountains of Muravera. At first glance, this place seems unspoilt. Unfortunately, also this part of the Sardinian coast, like many similar places around the world, has been contaminated by human activity. And judging by the waste we have found, we must say that in this particular area it was mainly related to the local fishermen’ activity.
On an extremely windy day, fifteen volunteers, all of whom reached the spot after one-hour drive, rolled up their sleeves and spread around the Flumendosa mouth and along the beach to collect the waste. The beach was relatively clean, but hidden in the vegetation we found “hotspots”, full of bottles and cans, together with empty boxes of fishing bait and rolls of fishing line. Next on the list were plastic bottles. We have also found evidence of bonfires lit on the beach, with waste left aside.
The worst kind of the trash, however, were that polystyrene boxes for transporting fish. We have found tens of them, stuck in the vegetation or accumulated in an abandoned structure by the river. Exposed to the weather conditions such as wind and sun these boxes would start breaking into smaller pieces. Sooner or later these tiny pieces would end up in the sea or the river, and eaten by the fish, they would enter our food chain. And people involved in the fishing industry seem to be either unaware of this fact or ignoring it.
Flumendosa River Cleanup in numbers:
Total: Around 118 kg of WASTE removed from the environment
The surface covered: 30,590.64 m2
We have also secured and notified to the local authorities the abandoned structure that has become a site of illegal dumpsite, with fridges, pieces of furniture and tens of polystyrene boxes to follow.
A big THANK YOU to everyone! See you soon!
Clean Coast Sardinia is a local partner of an initiative called International Coastal Cleanup, launched more than 30 years ago by Ocean Conservancy. Every year on the same day coastal cleanups are held and then important data is collected. This year, however, no specific date was chosen and the cleanup events are generally organised in the autumn season. This is the third time Clean Coast Sardinia organised a cleanup in collaboration with Ocean Conservancy. Also, this year we are planning to organise more than one event for this occasion.
On 12 September , together with other local organisations and sport groups, we managed to involve around 100 volunteers including divers, mermaids and standup paddle boarders, who cleaned not only part of the beach but also the sea surface and the sea bottom around Marina Piccola harbour.
Marina Piccola is located at one of the longest beaches in Sardinia, Poetto, and it is popular with water sport and leisure enthusiasts as many centers and clubs have their base here. Just round the corner there are hidden coves, reachable only by the sea, under one of the most recognisable symbols of the gulf and Cagliari itself – Sella del Diavolo – the Devil’s saddle hill.
The result is impressive. Within two hours the volunteers collected:
TOTAL: Around HALF A TON of WASTE
We would like to thank all participants, especially Tutt’in SUP, SeaWorld Cagliari, SeaWorld Mermaids and SubACquaDive who helped us remove such a great amount of trash from the marine and coastal environment.
Vi invitiamo a partecipare all’evento di pulizia della Foce del Flumendosa.L’evento è una delle tappe nazionali di RIVER CLEAN UP di Clean Up Italia e anche evento ufficiale dell’International Coastal Cleanup, organizzato da Ocean Conservancy, nostro partner ufficiale.Sabato 26 settembre andiamo a ripulire la zona della foce del fiume piu’ lungo della Sardegna.
L’appuntamento è alle 15.30 – Spiaggia di Porto Corallo – lato meridionale – Spiaggia della Foce del Flumendosa ( si veda lo screenshot di Google Maps)
Portare: mascherina, acqua, abbigliamento adatto – suggeriamo scarpe chiuse
Vi forniremo: guanti multiuso e buste per la raccolta rifiuti.A presto!L’evento è organizzato in collaborazione con il Comune di Villaputzu.
I volontari dell’associazione Clean Coast Sardinia con sede a Quartu Sant’Elena, a bordo del catamarano “Passepartout” stanno continuando la missione di raccogliere i rifiuti trovati durante il loro viaggio. Viaggio a bordo di un catamarano rigorosamente a emissioni zero: https://www.cagliaripad.it/490888/cagliari-appuntamento-a-marina-piccola-con-clean-coast-sardinia-per-ripulire-la-spiaggia-dai-rifiuti/
Sabato mattina, alle 8.30 ci vediamo a Marina Piccola – l’appuntamento Arena Marina Piccola, Cagliari – per fare la pulizia della spiaggia e dell’acqua.
Territori a forte vocazione turistica come la Sardegna mostrano con particolare evidenza che l’inquinamento ha forti ripercussioni sul piano economico. Chi mai passerebbe le vacanze in una spiaggia sporca di plastica? Qui le ripercussioni, anche intese come danno d’immagine, sono direttamente misurabili. «Luoghi come questi meriterebbero uno sguardo alla natura timbrato dal mistero», continua il vescovo di Nuoro e di Lanusei. «Purtroppo sia le scelte individuali che quelle più ampie lo dimenticano. Però, come racconta il filmato, occorre avere fiducia nelle nuove generazioni, che hanno una sensibilità maggiore e possono essere educate e opportunamente formate a questo sguardo. I giovani possono essere le persone che domani opereranno davvero la svolta che tanto auspichiamo e che talvolta ignoriamo».