Approximately seven tonnes of rubbish has been collected from the sea surrounding Madeira through various sea cleaning activities and initiatives.
The figure was announced by the President of the Regional Government, Miguel Albuquerque, during the inauguration of the new sculpture by Bordalo II, ‘Plastic Mero’ which is made entirely from plastic materials including sea debris, plastics, tyres, car licence plates among other things, and is now on display at Praça do Mar. The statue is being used to raise awareness of the regions need to recycle and encourage the reduction in the use of plastics.
During his speech, Miguel Albuquerque praised everyone’s role in raising awareness and preventing maritime pollution. Madeira’s seas are a heritage, he said, that must be preserved with future generations in mind. He went on to say that the Regional Government is determined to protect marine areas, and to continue working to conserve and preserve the essential resources of the island. He assured everyone present that the regional governments pollution prevention policy would continue to be implemented, noting that the investment in basic sanitation and wastewater infrastructures has, in four years, increased the regions water quality sites from 24 to 40 areas of excellence.
For those interested, another example of Bordalo II’s work is on view in Câmara de Lobos. It is a mural of a monk seal made from plastic, iron and other marine debris.
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