Gabriel, Victoria and Stef back at sea after they swallowed plastic material
Gabriel, Victoria and Stef are three turtles which were treated by Nature Trust due to the amount of plastic found in their stomach. This morning they were released at sea in Ġnejna, where Nature Trust launched an educational campaign on the plastic dumped at sea.
Nature Trust President, Vince Attard, stressed that the public must be aware of the danger of plastic and sees it is not dumped at sea. “We had many turtles with plastic in their stomach and wanted to do something so that this campaign continues during next summer, whereby we as Nature Trust and Blu Flag Malta will coordinate a cleansing campaign around the whole of the Mediterranean”.
At Ġnejna, more than 100 students from various schools who participated in the Ekoskola, attended an educational event by participating in workshops to increase awareness of the Litter Less campaign, while cleaning the bay and they experienced the release of the three turtles at sea after their treatment at the San Luċjan Centre.
“We try to instill in children and youths this awareness, and we started it ourselves so that others will follow”, student of Ekoskola Bethanie Gatt said.
Among those present during the activity was presenter Clare Agius, who some days ago uploaded a video on Facebook on maritime pollution with plastic.
“I wish that all human beings on earth should feel that this is our reality and it is our responsibility also”, Ms Agius stated.
Maritime experts believe that if no action is taken to address the plastic pollution problem at sea, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in seas and oceans.