In this spirit, Fondazione Iris Ceramica Group supports Operation SISO, Sea Shepherd’s campaign in the Mediterranean to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Aeolian Islands archipelago from illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. Every year, an estimated 5,000 illegal FADs (Fish Aggregating Devices) are used in the Aeolian archipelago alone, for a total of 10,000 km of illegal equipment.
Operation SISO fights illicit and illegal fishing, which kills many species, thus increasing crime rates and bringing the small-scale artisanal fishing economy to its knees. Moreover, the huge amount of plastic being dumped into the sea and unrecovered precisely because of these activities is permanently polluting the food chain and threatening many marine species. To achieve this, Sea Shepherd works in synergy with authorities and the marine community to identify, map and report the presence of driftnets, illegal fishing vessels and FADs, and to remove materials used for poaching.
It is a major operation, concentrated in an area of great wildlife and naturalistic interest. The aim is to create a Marine Protected Area that will ensure that the archipelago is fully protected, paving the way for a global sustainable blue economy and the ecological coexistence of species. To do this, it is necessary to work more closely with fishermen in order to implement additional strategies to fight illegal fishing and meet with local communities to raise their awareness of the importance of sustainable fishery and of compliance with current legislation.