Historic victory for associations, organizations and cooperatives in the sea sector that deals with the Blue Economy and the protection of the marine environment. The Italian Parliament yesterday approved the “Salvamare law“. After a long battle carried out by many associations such as MAREVIVO, among others, which had also launched a petition that collected one hundred thousand signatories, the dream of a less polluted sea has definitely taken shape. Many of the organizations that fought to ensure that the law was approved are also part of the Italy-IORA Committee. Italy will have an effective and concrete tool, also required by the European Union, which will allow fishermen to bring the plastic recovered with nets ashore instead of unloading it into the sea, an action that previously constituted the crime of illegal waste transport. The law also provides for the installation of collection systems at the mouth of rivers to intercept plastic before it reaches the sea and also deals with desalinators, education, cleaning campaigns, Posidonia oceanica and much more.
“It is a great victory: for our sea, for our country, for our citizens – says Rosalba Giugni, President of Marevivo – Thanks to this law, we will have more strength to clean the sea of plastic, a real plague for the marine ecosystem and more. In fact, microplastics have been found in women’s placenta, blood and breast milk. There is no more time: we must all act together. Our future depends on the health of the sea and the health of the sea depends on us“
Like you, the President of the Federation of the Sea, Mario Mattioli affirmed that “The Federation of the Sea and its federated organizations are proud to have supported the initiative of Marevivo and happy to have contributed to the achievement of this important result that the whole world shares of the economy of the sea and which will certainly have an immediate and concrete environmental impact on the health of our seas, lakes and rivers, contributing to further development of the circular economy“.