Highlight of the European Week of Waste Reduction in Monaco, which ends Saturday, November 23, the Directorate of the Environment organized Thursday, November 22, at Stars'n'Bars, a conference on the theme "Monaco Deepwater exploration ".
The conference followed the clean-up of the coralligenous rocks, located at the exit of the Port of Fontvieille whose rich biodiversity is the subject of scientific monitoring by the Directorate of the Environment. This joint environmental action, carried out on September 20, brought together divers from several Monegasque institutions *. A presentation, fed by underwater photos and videos of this day, was presented to the public, revealing the impact of many macro-waste, a large proportion of which comes from recreational fishing activity (fishing line, hooks).
The results of the deep-water expedition to the RAMOGE area, for which the French, Monegasque and Italian governments are cooperating in terms of integrated coastal management and the fight against marine pollution, were also exposed. The harmful effects of pollution by plastic waste in the Mediterranean, more than 2,000 meters deep, have thus been highlighted.
At the end of his presentation, Ludovic Aquilina, Head of Section at the Directorate of the Environment, recalled that in order to limit this deterioration of the marine environment, the Monegasque Government decided to limit waste at its source by banning the environment. use plastic straws in the 1 st January 2019, and plastic dishes (glasses, cutlery, plates) on 1 st January 2020 with the objective zero waste plastic disposable 2030.
* Corps of the Carabiniers du Prince, Fire Brigade Corps, Directorate of Maritime Affairs, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Scientific Center of Monaco and the Monegasque Association for the Protection of Nature.