In 2018 and 2019, the Kraken made more than 20 stops during which the crew members carried out numerous pollution control actions.
The association retrieved approximately 3,200 kilos of waste at sea and on the coast and collected more than 70,000 cigarette butts.
This year, the Kraken welcomed aboard more than 350 crew members and eco-volunteers.
The association also hosted 6 oceanographers who carried out more than 50 scientific surveys, in particular to estimate the quantities of micro plastics in water (study of benthos, phytoplankton, etc.)
We have also been able to work with more than 25 partner associations with whom we have carried out several pollution control actions, thanks to their support.
Numerous awareness-raising actions were also organized during the various stops (conferences, awareness raising in schools, boat tours, etc.).
In 2020, we want to continue and expand our actions to clean up pollution and raise awareness by implementing a major action plan in the Mediterranean.
Every year around the world, 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean, including 200,000 tons in the Mediterranean.
With 22 coastal countries and about 130 million people living along the coasts, the Mediterranean is a semi-enclosed sea that acts as a trap for plastic.
The Mediterranean Sea is today one of the most polluted seas in the world. Plastic represents 95% of beach waste and sea surface waste. 7% of micro-plastic in the world is found in the Mediterranean.
It is also the world’s leading tourist destination with more than 230 million international visitors per year, increasing the marine pollution level by 40% each year*
Excessive consumption, mass tourism and poor waste management are the main causes of massive pollution.
*WWF Report 2018 : “OUT OF THE PLASTIC TRAP : Saving the Mediterranean from plastic pollution”
Our next missions will begin in spring 2020
1. The French Mediterranean coasts
France is one of the largest polluters in the Mediterranean, with more than 11,000 tons of plastic ending up in the sea each year, including 21% of this waste returning to the French coasts.
Areas of concentration reach up to 20 grams of plastic per cubic meter, in densely populated and urbanized areas of the Gulf of Marseille, the Rhone delta and the city of Nice.
In 2020, for 1 month, the Kraken will clean up the South of France from Sète to Nice by:
- Picking up plastic directly from the beaches and coasts
- Removing waste and ghost nets while diving
- Collecting macro waste at sea using the Thomsea trawl
2. Greek Cyclades
Mass tourism generates a proliferation of plastic waste in the high season which covers the beaches and coasts of the Greek islands.
50% of the waste found in the Greek seas consists of plastic bags, bottles and aluminum.
In addition to the heavy ecological consequences of tourism, the Greek Cyclades are subject to massive immigration, which implies a huge pollution on the spot, including lifejackets and life rafts littered on the coast.
In collaboration with Sea Shepherd and local Greek associations, we have located the beaches and areas that are particularly affected by these types of pollution, amongst other waste.
During the summer 2020, the Kraken’s team will clean the Greek coastlines, by collecting waste that litters the Cycladic beaches and then recycle it in partnership with local associations.
The clean-up, alongside recycling, will allow us to recover and reuse tons of waste that will no longer pollute the sea’s ecosystem.
The production of plastic waste in Malta has tripled in the last ten years and the Maltese coastline is under severe pollution threat.
Two major causes of this pollution: the presence of tourists and their waste which degrades the archipelagos, and the large quantities of litter brought back by the sea.
The Kraken will be in Malta during the summer 2020 and will tour the Maltese archipelago to set up an clean-up program and implement an operational plan to raise awareness about the consequences of plastic pollution.
To become a volunteer aboard the Kraken, you must meet the following requirements:
Would you like to participate and join us for one or more missions?