June 8th, 2018

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"Shellfishing without litter" - Beach cleaning and awareness campaign, Sado Estuary, Portugal

“Shellfishing WITHOUT litter" (Mariscar SEM Lixo): Awareness and beach cleaning voluntary campaign aims at 1) change the behaviour of razorshell shellfishers to not discard plastic salt containers in the estuary, 2) to clean the Sado estuary margins , 3) to promote the vision of a clean estuary maintained by its coastal community and 4) to aware the participating volunteers for the problem of increasing plastic in the Ocean.

Every month a voluntary beach cleaning campaign and direct shellfisher’s 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, supermarkets, retailers and tourism enterprises, is gained in every action of the campaign.

More than 1000 volunteers have already participated, cleaning more than 23 tons of marine litter and 31000 plastic salt containers from the sado estuary.

In the 8th of June children from Setúbal will participate in the beach cleaning action and will become aware of the marine litter problem.

“Shellfishing WITHOUT litter" is organized by Ocean Alive and it is sponsored by Lisbon Oceanarium and Oceano Azul Foundation




Organization Name
Ocean Alive
Organization Type
Conservation Organization
Member of Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP)
Participant in AZA's SAFE Campaign


As part of our celebration, we plan to do the following:
  • Event is open to the public
  • Media would be welcome
  • Event will include some special activities or engagements for youth and/or young adults
    Under 12
    marine litter awareness activities
  • The event will touch on the following themes:
    Ocean & climate,Marine biodiversity,Marine pollution
  • Event will be highlighting organization's own efforts to reduce use of plastic


Praia da Comenda
praia da comenda
setubal, setubal Portugal
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