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Ovidius University of Constanta (OUC) organized on Thursday, July 15, 2021, an awareness campaign on marine litter, within the project “Innovative techniques and methods for reducing the marine litter in the Black Sea coastal areas – RedMarLitter BSB552”, informs the project coordinator at UOC level, associate professor Raluca Trandafir, Ph.D. Vice-rector in charge of European funds and socio-economic environment.

The event, entitled Information Day, was held in partnership with Decathlon Constanta and took place on Marttinez beach in Mamaia. More than 75 participants attended the meeting – tourists, students and teachers in pre-university education, students, representatives of non-governmental organizations and public and private organizations.

“The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness of the problem of marine litter in the Black Sea basin. Thus, my colleagues, researchers in the project, assessed the interest of participants in the theme of the project and provided them detailed information on the eight most common types of waste found on the beach and in coastal areas of the Black Sea”, states associate professor Raluca Trandafir.

One of the main issues addressed during the event was the presentation of the effects that the main types of waste have, over time, in the coastal area and in the marine environment.

“Unfortunately, there are certain materials that can have very long periods of degradation – glass, which can last up to 4,000 years, aluminum, and last but not least, plastic, the most common coastal waste, which degrades in hundreds of years”, mentiones assistant professor Manuela Samargiu, Ph.D., coordinator of the scientific activity within the project.

The main objective of the project “Innovative techniques and methods for reducing the marine litter in the Black Sea coastal areas – RedMarLitter BSB552”, is to analyze the level of waste contamination of the Black Sea basin, monitor major pollutant flows, analyze the amount and types of waste and clean them by innovative methods.

The project, with a total value of 580,335 Euros, is implemented over a period of 30 months, starting with 2018, within a partnership formed by Ovidius University of Constanta (Romania), University of Tbilisi (Georgia), Municipality of Burgas and the Via Pontica Foundation (Bulgaria), as leader of the whole project.

Last Updated on 20 July, 2021

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