Well done! More than 500 kilos of marine litter collected during a clean-up in Xemxija
This clean-up was organised by Ambjent Malta.
Marine pollution is a pressing global issue that poses significant threats to marine life and ecosystems. In a commendable effort to combat this problem, Ambjent Malta recently organised a seabed clean-up at Il-Fekruna, Xemxija.
The initiative, conducted in collaboration with PDSA and the Malta National Aquarium, aimed to address the accumulation of marine litter in the area. The clean-up revealed a startling fact about the presence of rubber, which accounted for more than half of the collected marine litter weighing a total of 500 kilos.
Among the various types of marine litter, rubber has emerged as a significant concern due to its detrimental effects on the marine environment. Rubber debris, often originating from discarded tires, boat fenders, and other rubber-based products, poses a threat to marine life and biodiversity.
What makes rubber pollution particularly concerning is its slow decomposition process. While it takes approximately 80 years for rubber to decompose, it gradually releases microplastics into the marine environment.
Microplastics, tiny particles of plastic less than 5mm in size, are a growing concern worldwide. As rubber breaks down, it releases these microplastics, which can be ingested by marine organisms such as fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. The ingestion of microplastics can lead to a range of adverse effects, including digestive issues, hormonal disruption, and even death. Moreover, microplastics can enter the food chain, ultimately posing a risk to human health.
This Ambjent Malta clean-up not only addressed the accumulation of marine litter but also shed light on the prevalence of rubber pollution in the area.
Well done for this great initiative!