Part of the work of the Asociacion Amigos del Mar is raising awareness on issues to do with the health of the oceans and in particular the sea conservation and health issues in this area. An example… last week they put on a special event to combat beach pollution. In collaboration with several chiringuitos they cleaned up cigarette butts from the beach in exchange for a drink.
Not everyone knows the significantly poisonous effect of cigarette butts, known in Spanish as colillas, once they enter the sea. Amigos del Mar really want to eliminate this source of pollution in La Herradura as an example to other seaside communities. Next year they aim to have special information boards and attached receptacles available for smokers to use to put their colillas into and hopefully have a clean beach by the end of the summer.
There is another exciting competition that will run throughout the summer with plenty of time for preparation for the festival. It’s called Creating a Reef. Amigos del Mar ask everyone with a creative mind to think of making a sea creature out of colourful knitting, crochet, material, paper or a combination of these. These reef creatures can be made out of imagination or from looking at what is under the sea online. For ideas go to TED.com and select “knitting a reef”.
There are three age categories in this competition and they are -under 30, 31-59 and 60+ and there are no gender barriers. The first prize in each category is 50 euros. The finished articles will be displayed in a reef in the Centro Civico during the first week in October and we hope to grow this reef into a tourist attraction. Entries need to be ready for mid-September for judging. Please contact Mel on firstname.lastname@example.org