PROJECT MENORCA

€55,494.56 awarded

PROJECT MENORCA a partnertship with Blue Marine Foundation and Sunseeker International

 

The Menorca Preservation Fund is very proud to have been chosen by  BLUE Marine Foundation and Sunseeker international to carry out a very special project on the island of Menorca with the sole aim of helping to positively influence the future of its marine environment.

This very exciting opportunity has boosted the number of marine conservation projects being carried out around the island and includes initiatives in eco-moorings, strengthening sustainable fishing and reducing the use of single-use plastics, amongst others. To date, the value of the agreed projects is over 55.000€.

Through this project we hope to make a tangible difference in protecting Menorca’s marine environment,

It’s proven that healthy marine reserves are more resilient to pollution, and as part of this project we will be undertaking a number of initiatives with BLUE & local partners.

Grants within Project Menorca include the following projects:

 

MAR NOSTRAOrganisation: GOB MENORCA

A programme designed to tackle illegal fishing, support boats management, contribute to the conservation of the marine meadows, implement environmental education for children, increase adult awareness on marine waste, replacing plastic bags for single use in traditional markets and reducing plastic rubbish from the seafaring fiestas.

CAMPAIGN FOR REDUCING THE USE OF PLASTIC CONTAINERS IN SALE OF FISH POINTS.

Organisation: LEADER ISLA DE MENORCA ASSOCIATION, LOCAL ACTION GROUP OF FISHERIES OF MENORCA

Replacing plastic and polystyrene fish packaging with biodegradable bags and wraps.  ‘More Fish, Less Plastic’ reusable biodegradable shopping bags which will be distributed across the island

LOST FISHING NETS PROJECT

Organisation: LEADER ISLA DE MENORCA ASSOCIATION, LOCAL ACTION GROUP OF FISHERIES OF MENORCA

RAISING AWARENESS CAMPAIGNING IN GHOST NETS.

Supporting specific initiatives to clean marine reserves and remove plastic waste and abandoned fishing nets

POSIDONIA STUDY

Organisation: OBSAM-MENORCA’S SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL OBSERVATORY.

Co-funded with MEPF.

BIOLOGICAL SURVEYS WITHIN THE EXISTING AND NEW MARINE PROTECTED AREAS.

Organisation: OBSAM-MENORCA’S SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL OBSERVATORY.

After the study carried out in 2018 and funded entirely by Menorca Preservation Fund, Project Menorca will fund next study to be carried out in 2019.

Other projects within this programme will include:

 

  • Supporting the enforcement of existing and new marine protected areas. 
  • Developing eco-moorings in order to protect the precious seagrass beds, and to reduce the environmental impact caused by the yachting and nautical tourism industry. Installation of 20 eco-moorings in the Isla del Aire once the Reserve is created.
  • An island wide education and awareness programme specifically aimed at the recreational boating sector, it will include the development of a code of conduct  for boat’s.

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