“Mussel farms destroy our sea.”

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William van Holtzen reports to us on the Medplastic Team Facebook group.: “These net sleeves are being dispersed in exorbitant quantities from mussel farms. They have a well-known and obvious authorship and origin, yet generic proclamations are made against plastics, but this daily source of dispersal is allowed to continue its devastating work undisturbed. The omertà of local administrators, harbormasters, and various coast guards suggest at least two things: either these breeders instill a kind of “respect,” or the business is so important that the interest outweighs the damage caused.”

Meanwhile, despite the fact that Medplastic by Navico’s “No Plastic” 2020 contest came to an end last October, there are those who continue to hunt for plastic around the Mediterranean: like the indefatigable Timothy Lucie-Smith, former winner of Medplastic’s 2019 contest, who writes us, “We are in Ponza. Nice weather and still warm water. Unfortunately there is always plastic floating around.”

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