Safe beaches & marine areas
Since 2013, OACM has been focused, in collaboration with the global tourism industry and governments, on solving the plastic pollution problem in shallow waters where the plastic and marine debris is easily accessible (with the help of divers).
This strategy focuses on the marine areas that are most commonly used by tourists - beaches and wild marine areas.
OACM’s term “Safe beaches and marine areas” comes from the facts gathered, and a long experience with underwater beach clean ups and certification processes, which have led to the conclusion that currently, beach areas without certification and clean ups are not safe for human and aquatic life. This has been documented with photos, videos and numbers of extracted ocean marine debris and plastic form these beaches - most of them in the jurisdiction of hotels, cities, resorts etc. The immediate danger of uncertified beaches lies in the fact that some of the extracted marine debris contains broken glass, rusty sharp metal parts, aluminium cans and broken bottles of wine, beer etc. All this was found in shallow depths, from 20 cm to 2 meters deep, where the tourists swim and children play. This common problem within the global tourism industry has not been addressed yet by any segment of the tourism industry except the White Flag CSMA, which has now become a symbol for clean oceans and excellence in ocean cleaning and certification processes.
Other segments of providing the safe marine areas which are commonly used by tourists (ports, harbours or marinas) focus on the less visible debris with high pollution percentage. This is the next priority for the coastal certification and cleaning by CSMA, which in the long run provides tourism with high quality, clean and SAFE environment - not only for human life but also for the marine life.