in the face of marine litter

the oceanographic institute mobilizes

Every year, the equivalent of 9 million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean, nearly 80% of which comes from the land (mainly via waterways).

Plastic never decomposes but disintegrates: under the effect of sea water and sunlight, the waste breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces until it reaches microscopic sizes (particles and nanoparticles) which are spread all over the ocean, even in the most remote places.

In all oceans, ocean currents form huge concentrations, as they do in the trough of an eddy, called gyres. Floating waste is accumulated there by the gyratory force, the famous “plastic continents” observed by sailors. If the term strikes the mind notably by the scale ratio it evokes, it is hardly appropriate insofar as one cannot of course walk on it…

For many years, the Institute has been working on this issue and offers you here a zoom on our most recent actions on this worrying theme.

Encouraging recycling policies, developing a more circular economy, encouraging waste sorting, limiting waste production: these are all avenues that we know are effective.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Monaco, 11 March 2015

International Conference on Plastic in the Mediterranean

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Educational workshop
“stop pollution”

Understanding the problem of plastic pollution in the ocean is the main objective of this workshop. Where does this material come from? Why does man continue to use it? What is its environmental impact on marine species and their ecosystems, but also on humans? In small groups and thanks to various interactive aids, the students answer these questions, analyse their own lifestyle and discover together the existing solutions to fight against this real plague. Finally, these young citizens leave with concrete actions and proposals to reduce their waste and protect our common good: the Ocean.

Stand “The Party without balloons”.

The “Balloon Free Party” initiative aims to raise awareness of the impact that balloon releases have on marine life and to collect ideas and proposals for alternatives to be used during the parties.
The Animation Service has designed the educational material aimed at raising public awareness of the balloon release and manages, in collaboration with Pierre Gilles, the Facebook group linked to the initiative, as well as the email address to collect ideas for alternatives to balloon releases.

During the year 2019 the Service Animations animated, in collaboration with the volunteers of the Association of the Friends of the Museum, the stand “Feast without balloons” during various events:
– Museum Day (April 27, 2019)
– Monacology (June 11-14, 2019)
– Fête de la Mer at the Yacht Club de Monaco (29 June 2019)
– World Freediving Championship in Villefranche sur Mer (from 06 to 14 September 2019)
– Evènement Sea-Plastic – Maison de l’Océan – Paris (18 novembre 2019)
– Waste Reduction Week in Monaco (16 November 2019)

Without the decisive contribution of scientists, without their tireless work of collecting and analysing information, without their willingness to identify the mechanisms of plastic accumulation and the means to remedy it, we would not be able to act. That is why their contribution must be encouraged and why my country and my Foundation have chosen to host and support several scientific initiatives for the knowledge and preservation of the seas.

H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

Monaco, 11 March 2015

International Conference on Plastic in the Mediterranean