Funded by local divers in Greece, this grassroots non-profit have made it their mission to clean up the sea beds of the Aegean Sea. Last year, they pulled over one tonne’s worth of marine litter off the Poros Marina alone, helping to preserve the natural habitat of marine wildlife.
Over the years, Aegean Rebreath has grown into one of the most impactful sea bed clean-up organisations in Greece. Their conservation work began with the removal of ‘ghost nets,’ but is now going far beyond that.
Initially, they launched several expeditions to have discarded ‘ghost nets’ removed from the ocean bed, which were having a catastrophic impact on marine life including sharks, rays, bony fish, turtles, dolphins, whales, crustaceans, and birds. Once removed, the ghost nets were sent to Athens to be up-cycled.
Last year, they pulled over one tonne’s worth of marine litter off the Poros Marina alone, helping to preserve the natural habitat of marine wildlife
As a result of Aegean Rebreath’s work, the habitats of these animals has been massively improved. But they didn’t stop there. Their work has now extended beyond the removal of ghost nets. Aegean Rebreath have widened their impact by educating local communities, running workshops in schools and partnering with marine litter recycling plants and collection centres around Greece.
The Yacht Week are so proud to support this inspiring organisation. Indeed last year, we sent a group of 8 staff from The Yacht Week to spend a week volunteering for a week-long clean up at each of Aegean Rebreath’s clean-up sites.
In total, Aegean Rebreath have removed over 1.5 tonnes of marine litter from the ocean last year, and we look forward to helping them achieve even more by way of marine conservation over the next few years.
We are also proud to have contributed the first Marine Litter station in the Saronic Gulf in PorosView their site