Dozens of volunteers got to work cleaning the seabed at Larnaca Marina and fishing haven collecting more than 1470 kilos of rubbish including tyres, batteries, bicycles, fans, chairs, kitchen appliances and tins.
They were joined by volunteers who collected bottles, cigarettes butts and plastic straws from Mackenzie beach.
The clean -up was organised by the Cyprus Sustainable Tourism Initiative (CSTI) in cooperation with the Larnaca Tourism Board with the support of Larnaca Municipality and the deputy ministry of tourism as part of the BeMed ‘Plastic Free Entertainment Cruises and Water Sports Activities’ initiative.
The Larnaca Tourism Board said that 60 volunteers had split up into three groups. They were made up of divers from the diving schools Viking Divers, Zenobia Diving Centre, Ippocambos club, Dive-In Larnaca, Podvodnyi Mir, Aquadream and the Beach Cleaning team and were supported by AAK Larnaca-Napa Sea Cruises and Atlantis Cruises. Also taking part were water sports centres Windsurfcity Cyprus, Mckenzie Watersports and K&L Finikoudes Watersports.
CSTI president Philippos Droushiotis said that coronavirus was not the only crisis facing the world as climate change may be more destructive if measures are not taken.
Plastic pollution was one of the biggest environmental challenges of our era and tourism can play an important role in efforts to addresses it.
Larnaca Tourism Board president Dinos Lefkaritis thanked all participants while tourism board member Victoras Mantovanis said that one of the most frequent complaints from tourists was about litter. “This is a huge problem which can be easily fixed, provided everyone shows awareness,” he added.
Larnaca’ deputy mayor Iasonas Iasonides said he had hoped the event would not have been so ‘productive’ with so much rubbish collected and once again appealed to the public not to litter.