In 2021, the Iris Ceramica Group Foundation continues to support Operation SISO, the campaign run by the Sea Shepherd in the Mediterranean aiming to protect the ecosystem of the Aeolian Islands from illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
During Operation SISO 4, the Sea Shepherd crew on board the M/Y CONRAD, in cooperation with the local Coast Guard and using the equipment purchased with donations, seized 15.8 km of illegal F.A.D.s (Fish Aggregating Devices) that threatened the life of a whole marine ecosystem.
In addition to this major achievement, the two Captains and twenty-nine volunteers of the Sea Eagle and the Conrad achieved other record results in the South Tyrrhenian Sea: 153 km of polypropylene and nylon line removed, 150 FADs removed and confiscated, 500 plastic bottles and containers removed.
“Operation SISO has been a great success against illegal fishing, and this year, despite the global pandemic, our campaigns have been made possible by some great team work with the authorities and the sea community, forming a united front to protect legality and our future. The ocean produces more than 70% of the oxygen we breathe, and it is precisely in the Mediterranean, the world’s most over-exploited sea, where we will continue to fight together to win this great battle that we can’t afford to lose: the fight for the survival of our species in this wonderful Blue Planet,” stated Andrea Morello, Campaign Leader of Operation SISO since 2017.
The Sea Shepherd’s goal is to create a sustainable future by preserving the marine ecosystem, and Operation SISO continues to help to achieve this result in 2021 too.
In this context, the Iris Ceramica Group Foundation continues to support the Sea Shepherd's cause, making available its own resources to achieve the common goals of environmental protection and sustainable development.