A three-day training course for volunteers and experts for cleaning oil-polluted sea shore was concluded on Saturday, 23rd November, in the city of Koper. Members of the service for protection of coastal sea (SVOM) and employees of VGP Drava Ptuj d.d. demonstrated methods for cleaning sandy-gravelly, rocky and urbanized beach for about 30 participants of the course.
Yearly Archives: 2013
Two young Mediterranean Shags, Ari and Šime, sat on a remote islet in the middle of the sea. They were talking and watching their nest friends fooling around in the water.
“Today mom and dad said that I’ve grown into a big boy and that starting tomorrow, they won’t be bringing me food anymore. I’ll start taking care of myself,” Ari said proudly.
“But are you really big enough to be on your own?” Ari’s younger friend Šime asked doubtfully.
“I’m three and a half months old! I’m big enough to fly to the shallow sea in the North, about which the older ones always talk. There are schools of fish there, easy to catch. The young ones go there to gain fishing experience and our parents go there when they want an easy meal,” Ari explained to his uninformed friend. “I’m flying there tomorrow.”
Oil spills at sea have huge impact on environment, people and marine fauna and flora The most threatened among them are birds and mammals. To act promptly and correctly if such accidents occur we need not only a good action plan but as well qualified people who are able to help in cleaning actions.
Last week we attended a workshop about rescuing sea turtles and cetaceans, which was organized by University of Primorska in Koper as a part of the project NETCET (Network for the conservation of Cetaceans and Sea Turtles in Adriatic).The workshop was targeting all those who spend a lot of time at sea (fishermen, biologists, environmentalists …) and can at any time meet injured or weakened sea turtles and cetaceans. We responded to the invitation with great interest since the sea turtles and cetaceans share their environment with Mediterranean shags and other sea birds, which are being protected through Natura 2000 mechanisms.
On 2nd October 2013 the European commission will ultimately decide whether the gas terminal to be built in the Italian waters of the Gulf of Trieste, just near the border with Slovenia, will be listed on the EU priority list of energy projects of common interests. In July, Slovenia has rejected the list due to this project, claiming that it is disputable for several reasons, among which cross-border environmental issues are essential. The terminal would severely threaten the fragile marine ecosystem of the shallow Gulf of Trieste.
On the “Mediterranean coast day” (25. September) the Slovenian Ministry for agriculture and the environment will celebrate the anniversary of ratification of the Protocol on Integrated Coastal Zone Management in the Mediterranean, first signed by Slovenia in 2009.