Plastic Free for the Sea India

Driving long-term ocean health for Kovalam & Vizhinham...

Our Marine Conservation Masterplan in India focuses on the key areas which stemmed from on-ground research within our target communities in 2017. Our major programs are:

  • Waste management and plastic source-reduction programs - including developing a community and household collection facility for the community; building systems from collected plastics, which we recycle to create decentralised closed-loop food production and waste management opportunites through composting and aquaponics (CAP Systems); working with businesses, students, tourists and the local community to transition away from single-use plastics through our Don’t Be A Sucker, India initiative - replacing single-use plastic products with locally sourced compostable Areca Leaf products;

  • Fisheries management - researching current fishing methods, impacts and biodiversity in our target region to further understand the local situation in order to mitigate threats and recover habitat and fish abundance; creating repurposed products from discarded fishing gear to sell to an international market; engaging local fishermen to explore the potential of a community-led management system, which has the potential to increase fish stocks, whilst increasing local wages and opportunities;

  • Bio-remediation / micro-remediation of waterways - focusing on the Gangaya estuary in Vizhinjam to eliminate nutrient loads in the waterway; undertake major clean-ups; and create buffer zones to eliminate dumping of waste within the vicinity of the estuary;

  • Ecotourism - providing the skills, knowledge and support to transition toward PCFML certified, ocean-friendly marine-based ecotourism as a new source of income for the local fishing community.

Our Global Program Coordinators conducting a brand audit to inform our  Don’t Be A Sucker, India  initiative alongside local businesses.

Our Global Program Coordinators conducting a brand audit to inform our Don’t Be A Sucker, India initiative alongside local businesses.

These four core focus areas are supported by social programs, aimed at increasing and sustaining our ongoing efforts:

* Education - through our partner organisation SISP and our other partners in the region we work with locals of all ages to increase knowledge when it comes to sustainable resource management and conservation, developing future ocean leaders from within the community; 

* Training - ensuring ongoing training to ensure a smooth transition into sustainable industries, whilst skilling-up youth, students and those seeking  employment within the community;

* Employment - providing ongoing, fair-trade employment, ensuring a more resilient community, where marine conservation and community health is worth more than exploitation.

We are currently raising vital funds for Phase II of our Masterplan. Will you assist us in creating a better future for marine life and communities in need of a helping hand?

Our beach clean up in Kovalam, with some of our project partners SISP, Bond Dive Safari, Eco Preserve, Leelah Resort and Uday Samudra Resort.

Our beach clean up in Kovalam, with some of our project partners SISP, Bond Dive Safari, Eco Preserve, Leelah Resort and Uday Samudra Resort.

One of our fisheries team, Cassidy chatting to local fishermen about the issues that they see as key to affecting their livelihoods, as well as the future of their industry.

One of our fisheries team, Cassidy chatting to local fishermen about the issues that they see as key to affecting their livelihoods, as well as the future of their industry.

This is our biggest project to date, will you support global change for our ocean?

Thank you for contributing toward making our dream for a healthier ocean, a reality!


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Photography © Positive Change for Marine Life & SISP