Arlete Sogorb represented the EAAM at an event organized by the EAAM Coalition with the European Parliament Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development. Titled “Marine Litter Impact on Oceanic Ecosystems: Problems and Solutions” and was proposed by the EAAM as part of the EAAM/Alliance World Oceans Month 2015 #debrisfreesea campaign. The event was hosted by MEP Serrao Santos (Portugal, S&D) and attracted three other MEPS: Poc (CZ, S&D), Briano (IT, S&D), and Affronte (IT, EFDD) as well as staff for an additional four MEPs: Mato (ES, EPP), Groote (DE, S&D), Thomas (FR, S&D) and Rodust (DE, S&D). Also present were political advisors on fisheries from the S&D and EFDD parties; six additional representatives of the European Commission; representatives of the Permanent Representations of Portugal and Croatia; and about 35 representatives from NGO organisations (e.g., IUCN, World Animal Protection, Seas at Risk) or businesses (e.g. DOW Chemical Company). More than 65 persons attended in all, making it a standing-room-only event. All questions following the presentations were focused on marine debris.
Arlete Sogorb presented a strong message about the combined power of EAAM and Alliance marine mammal parks to educate the public and motive conservation-minded behaviour. Presentations also were made by the European Commission (EU programs on marine litter); the University of Azores (research on litter in deep seas, etc.); Waste Free Oceans Foundation (solutions for clean-up, etc. in cooperation with fisherman, industry, etc.). Some interesting projects that might be the basis for collaboration by parks are included in the Waste Free Oceans presentation. Images of the event are on the EAAM website. All presentations and additional information about the event can be found at: