2.5 tons of waste removed from Mexico’s beaches and seas

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In response to the growing challenge of marine pollution, Conservation International led an initiative to protect Mexico’s coasts and marine ecosystems. Recently, the organization has removed more than 2.5 tons of waste and abandoned fishing nets from the country’s beaches and seas.

According to a report by the World Economic Forum, each year, 8 million tons of plastic flow into the oceans, with devastating consequences. 70% of this waste ends up on the ocean floor, while another 15% remains floating on the surface.

“If we do not act decisively against this growing tide of waste, by 2050 we could find ourselves with marine ecosystems saturated with plastic, outnumbering fish,” warned Norma Arce, Oceans Manager at Conservation International Mexico. Among the waste that pollutes the seas, abandoned fishing nets, known as “ghost nets,” represent 10% of the total. Plastic pollution affects more than 800 marine species, highlighting the urgency of addressing this problem collaboratively.

For Arce, the solution goes beyond simply cleaning the coasts: “It is crucial to adopt preventive measures to address the roots of marine pollution. This involves promoting sustainable consumption practices, implementing more effective waste management policies, and fostering environmental education to change behaviors.”

To this end, Conservation International has launched various projects in Mexico, including training programs for non-professional divers. These programs develop skills to plan and execute the removal of abandoned fishing gear and other solid waste from the seabed.

Conservation International reiterates its commitment to environmental protection, working tirelessly to safeguard the biodiversity of the oceans and coasts. Its goal is to maximize the ecological, social, and economic benefits in the long term, for both people and nature.

Source: Notipress