Our Inspiration

Experiencing the devastating impacts of ghost fishing & plastic pollution in our oceans

Untangling a fishing line twisted around the hind flipper of a sea turtle gasping for air (yup! she made it!); observing squids eat tiny pieces of degraded plastic swirling in the water column (plastic soup);  sitting on a beach where the sand is rainbow-coloured as it contains infinitely tiny plastic fragments (microplastics); releasing lobsters caught in a trap for over a season and see them swim away; watching a hermit crab whose shell is a PVC elbow pipe (with a readable barcode label) navigate through an obstacle course of ocean trash; counting 13 plastic particles in the stomach content of a tropical fish; and finally, standing on a beach covered in marine debris listening to a 21-year old teacher reminisce about the days when she swam here as a child with her grandparents but that her kids will not!

The motivation for creating Project Littora* stemmed from the desire to safeguard the cold pristine waters and reddish shores of the breathtaking and remote Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec, Canada – which are still partly sheltered from the disastrous effects of pollution seen in many countries.  

Project Littora’s strategy to do her part in protecting our oceans is threefold: 

  • To design proactive measures to reduce ghost fishing and plastic pollution at the source by creating interactive awareness campaigns; 

  • To empower the next generations to take on the challenges of marine debris by conducting beach cleanups in conjunction with environmental education workshops;

  • To promote cooperation among community members to engage in intergenerational ocean-related activities. 

*Littora is Latin for “shore”

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