Upcycling the Oceans Spain

Upcycling the Oceans Spain was started in September 2015 as a pilot project by the ECOALF Foundation in which 9 fishing ports participated. A year later, ECOEMBES joined this project to extend its activity along the entire Spanish coast and guarantee the correct management of all the recovered waste. In 2020 GENERALI joins the movement against marine litter supporting this initiative through GENERALI Index Evolution. (Read more here)

The project is present in 40 Spanish ports and has been able to get nearly 2.600 fishermen (primarily trawling) involved. Together, they have managed to remove more than 600 tones of waste from our oceans. 

In addition to the recovering of marine litter, Upcycling the Oceans wants to offer scientific information that will allow them to raise awareness about the problem in order to establish preventative measures. Thanks to the voluntary participation of the fleet, it carries out characterizations of the waste that are found at the bottom of the ocean through the platform MARNOBA.

570 fishing vessels involved

600 tonnes of marine debris recovered from the bottom of the sea 

2015

2020

Results
201520162017201820192020
TOTAL WASTE (T)2354113140152180
PORTS9932374040
BOATS*165165462546550573
FISHERMEN*7437432079253426002575

*The trawling fleet represents 96% of the project participants.

1. Corme

2. A Coruña

3. Celeiro

4. Burela

5. Llançà

6. El Port de la Selva

7. Roses

8. Palamós

9. Blanes

10. Arenys de Mar

11. Barcelona

12. Vilanova i la Geltrú

13. Tarragona

14. Cambrils

15. L’Ametlla de Mar

16. L’Ampolla

17. Sant Carles de la Ràpita

18. Les Cases d’Alcanar

19. Vinaròs

20. Benicarló

21. Peñíscola

22. Grao de Castelló

23. Burriana

24. Valencia

25. Cullera

26. Gandía

27. Denia

28. Jávea

29. Calpe

30. Altea

31. Villajoyosa

32. Santa Pola

33. San Pedro del Pinatar

34. Cartagena

35. Mazarrón

36. Águilas

37. Barbate

38. El Puerto de Santa María

39. Chipiona

40. Sanlúcar de Barrameda