Global Ocean Plastic Extraction
Global Ocean Plastic Extraction is an initiative which is deeply integrated in all OACM and White Flag International global programs and recognised as an effective solution.
Its main mission is the prevention of future pollution and this has been the organisation's core initiative since its unofficial start in 2007. With time, it developed further, and now OACM uses the Global Ocean Plastic Extraction initiatives along with the current Conservation Programs so as to achieve important goals - raising awareness, creating and expanding the White Flag CSMA (Certified SAFE Marine Areas), helping achieve requirements for nations to become official OACM members, boosting corporate CSR policies, establishing education programs for all generations, and coming up with GEPN (Global Environment Promotion Network). The organization/conglomerate has a very specific focus; it aims to stop the imminent threat of ocean plastic and save marine life that is lost every year due to high concentrations of plastic in the ocean.
One of the OACM’s annually organised cleanups has been developed into the Olympic Games type of event, scheduled to take place in 2021 - World Aqua Day. The concept behind the World Aqua Day is to unite humankind to work together in preserving the oceans by performing an annual ocean cleanup simultaneously across the world in a synchronised effort. The first Ocean Plastic Extraction initiative was organised by OACM’s President Mr Kristijan Curavic in 2013, with official support by HSH Prince Albert ll of Monaco, and the current board member Mr Francois Sarano. In the first ocean cleanup, more than 30 nations participated in an incredible effort to extract the plastic and marine debris from the ocean - with more than 150.000 tonnes of plastic and marine debris extracted.
The second World Aqua Day was held a year later, with 60 nations who participated in the event and the unique official opening ceremony by HSH Prince Albert ll of Monaco, with celebrities and politicians who supported the event. The third World Aqua Day will be joined by more than 150 nations worldwide and is in the process of being organised for 2021.