Tara Expeditions in the Mediterranean : on course for Marseille

Since May 2014 , the schooner Tara has travelled around the Mediterranean making stops in several European cities on it's latest mission "clean up the med". Given the links between Tara's values and project and our own, it was a logical step that Surfrider Foundation Europe would get involved in this amazing adventure, organising activities based around the problems of marine waste and water quality, at Tara's various stops. From 20th - 29th September, Tara will be casting anchor in Marseille, giving our Mediterranean office the perfect opportunity to get involved with Tara's expedition in the coastal city.

Small And Deadly: Plastic Microbeads In Your Cosmetics

Some of the products you are using on a daily basis such as exfoliants, shower gel, shaving cream, and facial cleansers may contain microbeads. While providing these products with their exfoliating properties, these beads are a massive destructive force in the environment. Measuring only a few micromilimeters in diameter, they drain away with the wastewater, pass unhindered through the sewage treatment plants, and end up in rivers, lakes, and oceans. From there, they enter the food chain… of which we are the last link. Surfrider has warned against this scourge before, sharing the excellent application ‘Beat the Microbead’. Today, the US State of Illinois, followed by California and New York, has decided to ban these plastic particles in cosmetic products. Australia could soon follow.

The Luno Wreckage: A Closed Case That Keeps Cropping Up

The Luno, a cargo ship which ran aground on the beaches of Anglet in February 2014, will have people talking until the very end. After three months in the yard, its dismantlement was completed in June, and the opened judicial inquiry was finally closed and filed with no further action taken, as ‘technical fault’ was found to be the only cause for the disaster. On the same day, a piece from the wreckage emerged, forcing the township of Anglet to cordon off the concerned beaches for safety reasons. Fortunately, the ship had been empty at the time of the disaster. Considering that its last cargo had been fertiliser, which is extremely polluting, one might say that this was ‘a stroke of luck’.

Beach Day 2014, rediscover your beach, your heritage!

Each year, the third weekend of September is the can’t – miss cultural event of the new school year; the Heritage days. It’s the event which allows you to discover the national heritage which is usually closed to the public, who, during this time, are able to take in the beauty of these places filled with history. For the third consecutive year, Surfrider Foundation Europe offers Beach Day on the same weekend, because the marine environment is also heritage, and because this heritage, as well as being a treat for the eyes, also honors the four other human senses.