Blue Cycle

Paros – Antiparos: The fishermen make the difference!

During the weekend of 16th and 17th November we visited the islands of Paros and Antiparos, in Cyclades, for the collection of the fishing equipment gathered by the fisherment at the marine litter collection stations established by Aegean Rebreath. For the first time in these islands, nets, ropes, fishing lines and other plastic fishing equipment at the end of its life did not end up in the landfill, but it was placed instead in the special bins of the stations to be recycled by BlueCycle.

The amount of nets collected was impressive and indicative of the power of participatory effort! Noteworthy is the fact that at the president of the fishing community of Antiparos George Marianos handed over nets collected by fishermen from Santorini and Anafi. From the Parikia station in Paros, we also received ghost nets, which had been collected by divers from sea cleanups. And as the needs of the Paros fishermen to retrieve their equipment were high, we attended the creation of the second Aegean Rebreath marine litter collection station in Naousa, from where a large amount of nets has also been collected.