Ivica Poljičak, state secretary at the Croatian Ministry of Culture, has made sure to start off on the right note by doing his bit in cleaning up the beach, in an action he’d already organised and done back in August 2018.
The environment should be important to us all, however many of us consciously choose to ignore the fact that we all have a duty to keep our surroundings clean, especially when it comes to extremely harmful plastic waste which continues to threaten the world’s seas and oceans, as well as the array of marine life living below the surface.
As Morski writes on the 2nd of January, 2019, Ivica Poljičak visited the small bay of Paklina, where strong bura had unfortunately dragged in yet more new waste, and he spent half an hour cleaning up that small part of the coast, and in just that short period of time he managed to fill up four entire bin bags, according to a report from SibenikIN.
”See you at the beginning of spring at the same place! I wish everyone a happy and successful 2019,” Ivica Poljičak said.
Ivica Poljičak recalled the fact that the most diverse plastic waste from Paklina bay was picked up back in August last year when the bags were filled with lollipop sticks, lighters, plugs, bottles, packaging from various hygiene products and similar plastic waste that the sea had dragged up to the shoreline.
Otherwise, plastic waste makes up more than 70 percent of the waste in the whole of the Mediterranean sea, and is particularly dangerous because it can never completely disintegrate.
All plastics ever produced across the world still exist to this day since they can’t naturally degrade over time like natural materials do. Therefore, plastics thrown into the sea never go away, and by the influence of light and natural phenomena, break into microparticles that, through the food chain and eating habits of numerous marine animals, find their way back to humans, creating toxic chemical compounds.
In the stomachs of marine mammals, scientists were able to find dozens of pounds of plastic bags and other plastic waste which had been shamefully dumped into the sea by humans.