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Shellfishing WITHOUT litter (Mariscar SEM Lixo): Awareness and beach cleaning voluntary campaing in the Sado estuary, Portugal
by Ocean Alive (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Shellfishing WITHOUT litter" (Mariscar SEM Lixo): Awareness and beach cleaning voluntary campaign aims at 1) change the behaviour of razorshell shellfishers to avoid leaving the plastic salt containers in the estuary, 2) to clean the Sado estuary margins and 3) to promote the vision of a clean estuary maintained by its coastal community.

Every month a voluntary beach cleaning campaign and direct shellfishers awareness (when possible) is organized. A good practices network is being implemented empowering fisherwomen to be leaders of behavioural change within the fishing community. Increasing engagement of local stakeholders such as councils, industry and tourism enterprises, is gained in every action of the campaign. Engagement of local supermarkets (which sell the sea salt) in the dissemination of good practices messages.

Follow up of the participating volunteers/partners is made by questionnaires and newsletters. Evaluation of the quantities of accumulated litter in the same place is now being counted. Implementation of solutions such as the utilization of dustbins by the councils tends to be monitored. The net of good practices aims to reach every razorshell shellfisher within the local fishing community. Greater awareness actions are repeated in the same dates of the year.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Other (please specify): prevent plastic sea salt containers being left at the sea
  • Coastal clean-ups:
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse:
  • in one year (March 2016-2107) 21,5 tons of marine litter and 27000 plastic sea salt containers were collected from the Sado estuary margins by our beach cleaning campaign
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
April 2019
to eliminate 95% of the sea salt plastic containers left in the Sado estuary during shelfishing activity
December 2017
creation of 2 fisherwomen good practice networks, one in each estuary margin local community
December 2018
at least 1000 persons from the fishing community are directly reached through the voluntary awareness actions, each year
December 2019
one voluntary beach cleaning action per month in the Sado estuary margins
Financing (in USD)
38,500 USD
In-kind contribution
monthly beach cleaning and awareness actions are made by volunteers
In-kind contribution
The local councils and urban waste management enterprises assure the recycling of a fraction of collected plastics and glass
Basic information
Time-frame: March 2016 - April 2019
Ocean Alive (NGO), Carrasqueira Fishermen Association (NGO), County of Setubal (Government), County of Grandola (Government), County of Alcacer do Sal (Government), Parish Council of Sado (Government), Sado Nature Reserve (Governmemt), Parish Council of Comporta (Government), Ambilital (private sector), Atlantic Ferries (private sector), Pingo Doce Supermarket (private sector), Jumbo de Setubal Supermarket (private sector), Oceanário de Lisboa (private sector), Oceano Azul Foundation (private sector) and multiple partners and suppliers (private sector) that are involved in specific actions of the campaign
Ocean Basins
  • North Atlantic
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Raquel Gaspar, PhD, info@ocean-alive.org, +351 917915595
Vendas Novas, Portugal
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