Volunteers Remove 350 Bags of Rubbish from Sibenik Seabed

Lauren Simmonds

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic
Sibenik, Croatia
Sibenik, Croatia

September the 28th, 2020 – The issue of harmful plastic and other waste ending up in the world’s oceans and seas isn’t a new thing, but more and more attention has been being given to it of late, with the EU passing decisions in an attempt to limit the devastating effects such behaviour has on the environment and on marine life. Croatia is known for its many ”beach and sea clean ups”, and a group of volunteers have recently removed a discouraging 350 bags full of rubbish from the Sibenik seabed.

The historic Dalmatian coastal city of Sibenik is known for everything but its rubbish, but the sheer amount of trash pulled from the Sibenik seabed is shocking. As Morski writes on the 27th of September, 2020, yesterday, one area of Sibenik was full of volunteers from all over the Republic of Croatia who arrived to clean up what had unfortunately found itself thrown onto the Sibenik seabed in an ”out of sight, out of mind” manner. The result is 350 garbage bags or three full containers full of harmful waste placed there by humans.

The initiator of this and numerous previous environmental clean-up actions in the wider Sibenik-Knin County is Goran Simic, who was joined by 80 divers from 12 diving clubs from all over the country, as well as about 40 other volunteers armed with good will.

They were helped by firefighters, the local Funcuti fan group, students, passers-by, and various associations. What people are sadly able and even more sadly willing to throw into the sea is best shown by the photos taken by Valerio Baranovic. It can be seen that in addition to glasses and bottles and chairs from local cafes, there were quite a few iron artifacts, car tyres, and even water heaters dragged from the Sibenik seabed.

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