The Malta Airport Foundation with the help of some 30 divers collected around 1.8 tonnes of waste from the bays of Marsaxlokk and Marsalforn.
The MAF hosts yearly underwater clean-ups alongside other investment projects such as the sponsorship of a Seabin installation in Marsaxlokk. The team at Marsaxlokk managed to collect 800kg of marine debris during the clean-up, consisting of a significant number of glass and plastic bottles, several tyres, engine parts, and discarded mooring rope.
Several bulky metal items, including the rusty remains of a ladder that had settled at the bottom of the sea, were recovered by the Marsalforn team. In total 1,000 kg were collected by the team. It was noted that minimal plastic waste was collected, a welcome sight as it is usually the most common form of marine waste to be collected during these exercises.
“By 2050, the plastic in our oceans could outweigh the fish inhabiting them. If we are to turn the tide on this situation, we cannot merely keep relying on the efforts of a handful of volunteers and organisations which have the environment at heart. While the Foundation is proud to be doing its bit for cleaner seas, it also hopes to inspire more and more organisations and individuals to follow suit,” said Malta Airport Foundation Chairman Mr Josef Formosa Gauci.
Does this encourage you to be more careful with your litter?