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Boris swam for 11h straight to raise funds for Save The Med!

This Monday, September 14th, Boris Nowalski, founder of Mallorca Open Swim, swam across the channel from Menorca to Mallorca, a distance of almost 40 km, in 11 hours and 05 min.

Nowalski sums up the experience as an excellent crossing with very favorable weather. The departure from Menorca, from Cap d'Artrutx, was marked by a spectacular sunrise, but also by the presence of remains of thaliaceans that sting when in contact with skin. Once they disappeared, Boris managed to achieve a good swimming rhythm which was combined with a planned meal plan scheduled for every hour and provided from a kayak and safety boat.

During Boris's experience of swimming in Mallorca for the last 20 years, he has observed a decreasing amount of fish in the sea. He finds that there is less posidonia and that the amount of plastic pollution is increasing every year. "The Mediterranean is dying!" he said. These observations were the main reason for why Boris decided to join forces with Save The Med and, through his challenge, make people aware of the urgency to change the current situation in the Mediterranean Sea.

This was the first charity challenge that Boris had done and it exceeded his previous personal record of 8 hours. When he reached Cap de Freus, the excitement of being cheered on by the whole family, his friends and the Save The Med team helped him finish the last stretch with joy and pride. "These things have to be done, because they make you feel alive!" he said.

The Costa Rican thanked Pere Galiana, his training partner and fundamental support, the Kayaker Joan Márquez, the Pachira boat, Guillem and Marc, Tita LLorenç and Siscu from the Menorca Channel Swimming Association, BookMeBoats who transported the family and friends to the arrival point, the Wikiki restaurant, the Save The Med team and of course to all the individuals and companies that have contributed to the cause.

Many donors have made their contributions through the digital platform, Crossing by swimming from Menorca to Mallorca, where donations can be made until November 1st.

Sponsors also include CaixaBank, through its Social Action, and the “la Caixa” Foundation, which have made a donation to support the educational project 'Dos Manos', the real estate agency Inmobilaria Palmer and private individuals who have made transfers from abroad.

Boris swam for 11h straight to raise funds for Save The Med!

A study for the conservation of the Spinetail devil ray in the Mediterranean

The Spinetail devil ray (Mobula mobular) is classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as endangered in the Mediterranean. As a result of the knowledge accumulated by Save The Med in recent years about their presence and behaviour in the Balearic Sea, we are launching the project MANTATOP, which could constitute a key element for the development of a conservation strategy of elasmobranchs.

There is little information on the biology and ecology of the species in the Mediterranean. However, thanks to telemetry tracking techniques (satellite tags) and the increase in sighting capacity, work is being done to fill existing data gaps. With the Balearic Sea being an optimal area for the research of the species, this project will allow us to deepen our knowledge of these mysterious animals. 

The main objectives of the project are: to examine the migration patterns and vertical movements of the species, collect DNA samples to characterise the Mediterranean population, document their reproductive behaviour and develop risk maps: areas of interaction between mantas and human activities such as the fishing, boating or pollution. 

The information obtained during the project is crucial for the design of an appropriate conservation strategy for the species which will contribute to the regeneration of the Mediterranean. Another priority objective is to obtain an image bank and share the beauty of these majestic animals in order to raise awareness about the importance of conserving our natural heritage.

The project is supported by OceanCare, USFWS (United States Fish and Wildlife Service), Proyecto LIBERA (SEO / BirdLife - Ecoembes - Fundacion Reina Sofía) and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

A study for the conservation of the Spinetail devil ray in the Mediterranean

STM and Fundación Palma Aquarium sign a collaboration agreement

Save The Med Foundation and Fundación Palma Aquarium sign a collaboration agreement for the development of a series of activities for environmental conservation and marine sustainability. The collaboration includes activities with direct and collective intervention in species conservation, marine research and environmental education.

STM and Fundación Palma Aquarium sign a collaboration agreement

Do you know how to act if you find an entangled turtle?

We mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Fernando Garfella Palmer

Yesterday we celebrated the life of, and said goodbye to, Fernando Garfella Palmer. 

The communities of Andratx, Mallorca, the Balearic Islands and the Mediterranean in its entirety have lost a huge force in making our world a much better place. Fernando leaves us a legacy of how to live when leading with your heart. His commitment to the environment and humanity was a testament to the man he was. 

The entire Save The Med team will be eternally grateful for the input Fernando made towards Mediterranean Marine Regeneration through his extremely high level abilities of film making, his never ending drive to help others and the positivity and motivation his presence had on us all. 

Save The Med Foundation sends all our love to Fernando's family, close friends and to all the people that were lucky enough to have part of their lives touched by this unique and beautiful soul.

Fernando, you have our love and respect forever! 

We mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Fernando Garfella Palmer

Save The Med and collaborators launch a new project 'MED GHOST FADs' to reduce the threats of ghost fishing

Each year, over 800.000 tons of illegal ghost gear enter the marine ecosystem. Fishing nets, Ghost FADs and longlines can drift for very long periods, casing the entanglement of hundreds of thousands marine animals including for example turtles, sharks, seabirds, whales and dolphins. They contribute to the transportation of persistent toxic compounds and invasive species and constitute a risk for boats and shipping. Sunken to the sea bed, they impact the sea floor and pose a threat to scuba divers. Washed up ashore, they contribute to the destruction of vulnerable habitats and may cause entanglement among land animals.

In just two months of the sea campaign, the Save The Med's research team has removed more than 80 artefacts from the waters of the Cabrera National Park and it is estimated that there are currently between 50,000 and 60.000 more adrift in the western Mediterranean alone.

To solve this alarmingly increasing issues concerted effort at a global scale based on collaborative networks. For this reason, in 2020, Save The Med joined the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI),  the world’s largest cross-sectoral alliance committed to driving solutions to the problem of ghost fishing. By working together with GGGI, OceanCare and Fundación Palma Aquarium's Rescue Center for Marine Fauna the organisation is launching a new project called 'MED GHOST FADs'.

MED GHOST FADs is a new networking platform for a basin-wide concerted effort between public administrations, port authorities, research institutions, marine wildlife recovery centres, fishers, diving centres and sailors. Balearic collaborators include among others the Balearic Federation of Fishermen Associations, PORTS IB and Ports de Balears.

Through this initiative, a pioneering pilot project is launched in Europe and the Mediterranean that could serve as a model in other regions of the world where the problem of ghost fishing is also one of the main threats today. The Balearic Islands thus become a testing laboratory for the Global Ghost Fishing Initiative (GGGI), the multisectoral international alliance to combat ghost fishing.

The framework for the project is the UN Environment Programme Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP MAP), the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), the FAO General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean, the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), the Bonn Convention for Migratory Species (CMS) and the US Marine Turtle Conservation Act.

The project is supported by the OceanCare, US Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS) and LIBERA Project (SEO Birdlife - Ecoembes - Fundación Reina Sofía) and counts on the collaboration of SOCIB, UIB, NOAA and Palma Aquarium Foundation. The Palma Aquarium Marine Fauna Recovery Center is a service managed by the Consortium for the Recovery of Fauna in the Balearic Islands, an entity belonging to the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries.

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Save The Med and collaborators launch a new project 'MED GHOST FADs' to reduce the threats of ghost fishing

Two turtles rescued from Ghost FAD entanglement this weekend

This weekend, shortly after the release of turtle Gloria, our expedition team found and rescued two more turtles. “Thunderbird” was found east of Dragonera Island on Friday morning, and “Dolça” was found in the area of Formentor Saturday morning. Both turtles were entangled in so called Ghost FADs, hand made fish aggregating device consisting of plastic bottles tied together with strings and ropes. The entanglements were almost identical on both turtles: The rope was tightly entangled around their right flipper keeping them from diving, and part of it was also swallowed.

Without removing the rope, the team immediately called 112 and the rescue protocol was initiated by experts from Plama Aquarium Rescue Center. Both turtles was brought back to the nearest ports where picked them up and provided them necessary care. 

The entanglements were safely removed by experienced staff at the rescue center and the turtles cleaned and given a fresh water bath to rehydrate them. Tests are being done to examine their overall health. Meanwhile they are both under observation and we all hope to be able to release them back home soon. 

These are two more example of the devastating fate of animals affected by ghost gear drifting at sea, and we need all the help we can get to face this alarmingly increasing threat! 

You can help by: 
- Always calling 112 if you find an entangled turtle.
- Never cutting the entanglement off before consulting with experts. 
- Reporting any found Ghost FADs, with photo and GPS position to Save The Med. 

The Palma Aquarium Marine Fauna Recovery Center is a service managed by the Consortium for the Recovery of Fauna in the Balearic Islands, an entity belonging to the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries. We wish to thank their rescue team for their excellent work and much appreciated collaboration! 

The MED GHOST FAD and the Turtle Oceanographers projects are made possible by the support of OceanCare, USFWS, Proyecto Libera by SEO Birdlife and Ecoembes and Fundación Reina Sofía. 

Two turtles rescued from Ghost FAD entanglement this weekend

Releasing turtle Gloria

On July 8th, a loggerhead turtle which was named Gloria was found and rescued from entanglement in the waters surrounding Cabrera Island. Since then, she has been cared for by the Palma Aquarium Marine Fauna Rescue Center, a service managed by the Consortium for the recovery of the Fauna of the Balearic Islands, an entity belonging to the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Fisheries.

As part of the "Turtle Oceanographers" Project, before  releasing Gloria back into the open sea, Save The Med, in collaboration with the Palma Aquarium Foundation, Palma Aquarium Rescue Center, NOAA and SOCIB, placed a satellite tag on her in order to be able to monitor and integrate information on her movements, dive profiles and the water temperature in the multiplatform Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS).  

This follow-up of Gloria is of special relevance at a time when the Mediterranean is facing a threat that has reached alarming proportions; entanglement of turtles, cetaceans and other protected species in ghost fishing gear. 

On Monday, 27th of July, during the General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean, Save the Med will present the first data from the new MED GHOST FAD project, which has removed 68 ghost fishing devices during only two months of expeditions in the waters of the Terrestrial Maritime National Park of Cabrera. At the same time, the rate of entangled turtles arriving at the Palma Aquarium Rescue Center  has increased considerably.

On the positive side of things, yesterday Gloria and one more recovered turtle were released back into their natural habitat and are ready to continue their transoceanic journeys. You can follow Gloria here:

Releasing turtle Gloria

Students spot sperm whales seven times in one day!

Recently participants of the Changemakers Project joined our team at sea. Three teams spent a day each exploring the waters of the Maritime-Terrestrial Natural Park of Es Trenc-Salobrar de Campos on the solar powered boat Stenella. Meanwhile, one team, joined the Save The Med crew for a 10 day long research expedition onboard the research vessel Toftevaag. The conditions were ideal for wildlife sighting, but also for finding all kinds of floating plastic pollution; the exact topic that brought the students to the boat in first place. 

Despite the lockdown, the student teams spent months working on the development of projects to raise awareness about plastic pollution and reduce the use of single use plastics, and presented a variety of creative projects which can be found here.

Already on the first day off shore, Team Kokua were lucky enough to spot a sperm whale - the largest toothed whale on the planet! 

“We put in a hydrophone in the water. It’s a long cable with a microphone attached at the end that allows us to hear them”, Nacho, one of the students explained. “The sperm whale creates specific sounds, kind of like clicks, when it is searching for food. It’s called echolocation. Sometimes you can hear the sounds becoming faster, like many fast clicks, which means it’s trying to pin down a prey. And if it then turns silent for some seconds it is probably because it is eating. If the silence is longer, then it means the whale is heading towards the surface to breathe. That’s when we take our positions and try to spot it on the surface! We can also hear dolphins with the hydrophone!” he says excitedly. 

During one specific day, the students managed to spot two different sperm whales seven times in one day. 

“Team work is important. As soon as the whale becomes silent, we work together to spot it. We each have our positions on different parts of the boat to ensure that together we have 360 view of the horizon, so that no matter where the whale pops up, one of us will see it!” 

Once the whale is in sight, the captain approached so that the crew could take photo identification and poo samples, a very smelly job! Meanwhile, the multimedia team focused on obtaining images and footage for a variety of research and education purposes. 

When the whale was well rested and decided to head back to the depths, it lifted its’ fluke high above the surface in a powerful movement that left everyone onboard shouting excitedly! 

During their days onboard the students also sighted a big pod of Risso’s Dolphins, several pods of Striped Dolphins and five Loggerhead turtles, learned to conduct scientific surveys and log data, helped with boat handling, snorkelled and explored the National Park of Cabrera by land and sea. 

“When I called my parents to tell them what we had seen they couldn’t believe me! They had no idea that there are whales here in the Balearic Sea!” said Jordi, another student. 

“Unfortunately, we’re also seeing much more rubbish than we could have imagined”, said Victor. “People are worried about COVID-19 now, but plastic pollution is in many ways similar to the virus when you think about it: Once it’s out there, there’s no stopping it. It spreads uncontrollably all over the place and reaches all corners of the planet, and it kills so much life” he explains. 

“I don’t think people realise the effect it has on these animals. It’s one thing to see a photo, but when you’re out here and you see it with your own eyes, it really changes you. I wish people would be more careful and more caring” he added.

“People should stop buying plastic they don’t really need. We have to find a way to make them understand how important it is! That’s why we’re here! We are THE CHANGEMAKERS!” the students said with pride and hope in their eyes. 

“This project changes lives” teacher Heidi said. “I’ve seen it with all the teams, this and previous years. They are still taking action, creating change in many different ways. They haven’t stopped. This project is only the beginning of a lifelong change, and the ripples are spreading far!”

We wish to thank Fundación Jesús Serra and OceanCare for sponsoring our educational projects,Toni Font enabling us to bring the students out on Stenella, and all our amazing teachers and students who are taking action to ignite a much needed change! 

Students spot sperm whales seven times in one day!

Survey Report - Discover Your MPA Sa Dragonera

During the winter 2019/2020, as part of the project "Discover Your MPA Sa Dragonera", questionnaires were carried out to explore the social perception of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) among the general public and, specifically, of the MPA Freu de sa Dragonera.

Results form the survey indicate a lack of knowledge of the benefits that Marine Protected Areas provide to the commercial, cultural and recreational sectors connected to the areas. Furthermore, there is a limited understanding of the need for scientific monitoring of MPAs despite it being an important factor for their efficient functioning. Download the full survey report by clicking the link below the image. 

Survey Report - Discover Your MPA Sa Dragonera

Envisioning a clean and healthy Mediterranean Sea together

During the lockdown we initiated a new community project to lift spirits by reconnecting with the sea through our imagination. More than 60 people participated in the project, contributing their drawings and paintings of their vision of a clean and healthy Mediterranean Sea.

Below you can download the end result. It is your vision and creativity that has enabled us to put together this beautiful Mediterranean vision. 

Thank you to all the participants for their artwork! A special thank you to Fede Serramalera from Karabot for the creation of the video and to our volunteer Isabelle Homberg for her help with the design.

We hope you all enjoy it as much as we did! 

Map of the marine habitats of Sa Dragonera

Get to know the diversity in the Marine Protected Area of Sa Dragonera! Learn about its seagrass meadows, sand and coral beds, or its rocky caves, which create valuable habitats for many species, ensuring biodiversity. The illustrator María Bombassa has created an informative map for the "Discover your Marine Protected Area" campaign so that you can make notes about your observations and other interesting facts.

The map was created for a guided walk that will be offered in collaboration with the Sa Dragonera Natural Park, with a new date as soon as the situation allows. Download the informative document by clicking on the link below the image. 

Map of the marine habitats of Sa Dragonera

Event: Screening of 'The Story of Plastic' followed by a debate with experts

In the midst of the COVID crisis we are observing a dangerous surge in the use and irresponsible disposal of single use plastic, often resulting from an erroneous belief that plastic packaging and sanitary products are safer than those made of reusable materials. Global plastic producers are opportunistically using human fear of catching or spreading the virus to increase their own profit. At the same time, the drop in oil prices has resulted in extremely cheap virgin plastic, reducing the already low demand for recycled plastic even further and proving once again that we cannot recycle our way out of this problem. 

Now it is more important than ever that we question these tendencies and misleading adverts, opt for safe, sustainable and lasting solutions and actively work to influence companies that are using the crisis to further increase the production of unnecessary and harmful products. 

For this reason, as the Night of San Juan #ZeroWaste event, organised annually by Save The Med and Es Racó de Ses Idees, is approaching, we feel that this is the perfect time to highlight these issues, explore the history and industry of plastic and its effect on human health, the environment and our future.

Therefore we invite you to join us for a free screening of the documentary The Story of Plastic, followed by an interactive online webinar with experts, taking place the week before Night of San Joan. Dr Nicolás Olea, one of the world's leading experts on the effects of plastics contaminants on human health, will participe at the discussion.


Attendees will receive two links by email:

• One, to watch the film before the discussion.

• Another for the online discussion, to be held on Thursday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m.

We hope it will be a rewarding and an inspiring experience, the learnings of which will not only facilitate for us all to celebrate a waste free Night of Sant Juan on the beach, but also help us to produce less waste in our everyday lives.

For safety reasons, this year we will not be organising the annual Night of San Juan beach event in Portitxol. Nevertheless, by watching the film and joining us for the webinar you will discover what you can do as an individual and/or entrepreneur to reduce plastic production and pollution during and after the celebrations. 

Exploring the lockdown effect

Help us collect data on local marine life post lockdown by filling in our citizen science questionnaire. Learn more below.

To access the form CLICK HERE or copy & paste the following into your URL:

Exploring the lockdown effect

Help us collect data on local wildlife

We are living during completely unprecedented times. All over the internet, we have seen videos of marine animals said to be “reclaiming” their territory near coastlines, bays and beaches. Are these just false rumours or is marine wildlife really changing its behaviour?

Join Save The Med in a citizen science experiment as we set out to discover if and how the lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak has potentially affected marine life in the Balearic Sea. As the Balearic Government slowly allows us to return to maritime activities we have a short window of opportunity to observe nature during a unique time in history. 

To participate, use our questionnaire to record your observations from a particular area of the sea or coast. Write down what information you can, using either our online form or by printing the questionnaire. If you have photos or videos to share with us, even better. We ask you to report your observations whether you have seen something unusual or not. Both types of information are important for us to be able to draw unbiased conclusions.

Our only requirement is that you must already be familiar with the area you observe and its local fauna. This is because we are not just looking for information on the presence of animals, but of differences in their usual abundance and/or behaviour.

Whether you are a sailor, fisherman, diver, surfer, photographer etc. your observations matter!  Please share this project with your seafaring friends and colleagues.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion for the sea with Save The Med!

Thanks to Associació de Centres de Busseig de ses Illes Balears (ACBIB) ,  Federació Balear de Confraries de Pescadors, Asociación Mallorquina de Pesca Recreativa Responsable, Paleârtica Films y Asociación Vell Marí for their collaboration. 

Download the ‘Marine Species of Sa Dragonera’ Memory Game!

The marine habitats surrounding the little island Sa Dragonera are a lively place with a lot of different species. A variety of ecosystems and a great biodiversity are some of the reasons for why this area has been legally protected.We invite you to explore this area and train your memory with a DIY activity that allows you to make your own Sa Dragonera Memory Game. Download the template by clicking below the image. All the photos were taken by participants of the 2019 photo collaboration in the Marine Protected Area of Sa Dragonera. Have fun!

Download the ‘Marine Species of Sa Dragonera’ Memory Game!

Colours of the Mediterranean

You can now download our colouring booklet "Colours of the Mediterranean"! A project made possible thanks to the time and talent of two illustrators and ocean lovers, Leti Lope and Beatriz Colom, who have made these spectacular drawings and donated them to Save the Med to help bring the sea a little closer to us and our kids while at home! Download the file by by clicking on the link below the image. 

Colours of the Mediterranean

Lists of providers in the Balearic Islands

Buying local and seasonal products not only reduces our environmental impact, but is also crucial to sustain the community and prosperity of the islands.

Download the document below for a list of local cooperatives and vendors in each the Balearic Islands who sell and deliver locally produced foods and drinks, categorised by island and type of product.

This document has been developed by the team at the Save The Med Foundation in March 2020, during the COVID-19 outbreak, in order to provide information and support local producers during the state of emergency in Spain.

We are still searching for additional vending spots for fish and seafood and will post updated information on this web page after having spoken to Federación Balear de Cofradías de Pescadores.  

Note: The information may change at any time. Save The Med cannot assume responsibility for potential changes.

Lists of providers in the Balearic Islands

Why choose local products?

Save The Med LIVE Lessons on YouTube 6/4 - 10/4


Save The Med LIVE Lessons on YouTube 6/4 - 10/4

Dos Manos Digital Package available online free of charge!

Save The Med’s education team has developed a digital version of our popular Dos Manos Schools programme which is now made available to everyone who’d like to engage their students or children in the topic of plastic pollution during and after these times of home confinement, no matter where you are! 

The Dos Manos Digital Package if free of charge. It is aimed at students aged 14 and above, but can be adapted to younger kids as well. The Package is made available online in Spanish, Catalan and English and includes:

  • Access to an educational video on the topic of plastic pollution in the marine environment. 
  • An infographic on the Dos Manos beach clean results from 2019, with over 150.000 categorised items from beaches all around Mallorca (included in documents below). 
  • A Student Workbook with questions related to the video content, the beach clean data and to possible solutions. 
  • A Questions and Answers sheet or 'textbook' covering all of the above, to be used as teaching resource and/or autocorrection tool. 
  • An invitation to develop ideas and implement projects to help reduce the use of single use plastics. 
  • The Changemakers Leaflet and invite to participate in the Changemakers Project (For secondary school students from Mallorca who will be 15 years or above before mid July 2020)

Download the materials here and access the educational video here. 

The materials are divided into three sections: 

  1. The problem of plastic pollution 
  2. Data analysis of plastic pollution survey results  
  3. The solutions - includes conclusions and a solutions workshop that can be done individually or in groups

We would really appreciate to know how these materials are used. Please consider sending an email to to tell us the manner in which you are using the material, the number of students that you are using it with and their age. Thank you!

Dos Manos Digital Package available online free of charge!

The Menorca - Mallorca Challenge Swim is postponed

Dear Friends

Due to the current situation with the COVID-19 outbreak, we are postponing the Menorca-Mallorca Challenge Swim, initiated by swimmer Boris Nowalski and scheduled to take place in June with the aim of raising funds for Save The Med Foundation.


During such uncertain times as these, most of us will face new challenges which will need time to be fully understood and overcome. Given the circumstances, we all feel that postponing the project is the only right thing to do. A new date will be announced once the situation is more stable. 

In the meantime, we hope you are all well and that you use these moments to reconnect with what matters most in life.

“Let this be a time to reflect on how we humans interact with mother nature.  Let this be a time of change and a movement forwards.  Let this be a time to heal planet earth.” - Boris Nowalski

With love, 

Boris and the STM - team 

The Menorca - Mallorca Challenge Swim is postponed

The Changemakers Project is still going strong!

Dear parents, teachers and students,

Looking for some worthwhile activities to do at home? The Changemakers Project is still going strong! Now more than ever, we can use this opportunity as a time for creativity, growth and community service. Our education team has come up with some suggestions on how to develop your Changemakers projects from home. Download the CHANGEMAKERS AT HOME booklet below.

The Changemakers Project is still going strong!

Save The Med LIVE Lessons

This Monday we are starting our Save The Med LIVE Lessons! 

Our experts will be live streaming, sharing their knowledge, experiences and more on specialist subjects. 

Don't miss this opportunity to get involved in this interactive session where you can submerge yourselves with us under the sea!

Put us in your diary for this Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7pm on our You Tube channel Save The Med Foundation. See you live soon!

Save The Med LIVE Lessons


Dear friends and supporters, 

As we write this, the world finds itself in an unprecedented situation of uncertainty and social distancing due to the outbreak of COVID-19. At the same time, we’re seeing how solidarity, union and love shared in the most creative of ways is connecting us, often unexpectedly deeper than we could have imagined. 

While all Save The Med’s field activities have been cancelled during the declared State of Emergency in Spain, the environmental issues we are working on to solve remain, as does our commitment towards the Mediterranean Sea and the future of our children. 

During this crisis the office is closed and the STM team are keeping busy working remotely from home to : 

  • offer all schools that are scheduled for the Dos Manos School Programme digital resources that enable teachers and students to work participate in the the programme remotely. 
  • provide means for students who have enrolled, or wish to enrol in the Changemakers Project to continue working together with their teams and developing their projects from their homes.
  • develop fun and engaging educational resources to be made available for the public, offering meaningful home based activities which can have a positive impact during and far beyond this period of social distancing.  
  • move all meetings and capacity trainings scheduled with our collaborators to online forums and postpone all scheduled public events. 
  • ensure the efficient continuity of all our project work through adaption and re-structuring.
  • use this time for reflection and realignment, as in the middle of any chaos, there are silver linings to be found, along with possibilities for learning and growth on a personal level and that of our society as whole.  

As the situation unfolds, we will keep you informed of any changes related to our work. Meanwhile, should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! We’re all here.

In the meantime, we hope you all stay safe, supportive of and connected with one another as we all navigate through these challenging times together. 

With all our love,

The STM - team

Boris will swim from Menorca to Mallorca to raise funds for the protection of the Mediterranean Sea!

Swimmer and ocean lover Boris Nowalski is pushing his body and mind to the limit to help save the Med!

This July swimmer Boris Nowalski will be taking on a challenge unlike any that he’s done before in order to help protect what he loves most: the sea. During the first week of July Boris will make an attempt to cross the channel of Menorca, starting in Cala en Bosc in Menorca and swimming non stop all the way to Cap des Freu, close to Cala Mesquida in Majorca, a total of 40km and estimated +12 hours! Why? He is determined to fundraise 20.000€ to help enable Save The Med to continue with our work!

“The sea is what gives me life.” Boris says. “During the 20 years that I have lived in Spain I have spent countless hours swimming along the Majorcan coast, and I have seen the deterioration of the sea with my own eyes. Over time there’s less and less fish and the Posidonia meadows are shrinking while the amount of plastic pollution is increasing. The Mediterranean is dying. That’s why I’ve chosen to support Save The Med Foundation. I want to do what I can to make a difference and make people to see that we really must do something to help save the Mediterranean Sea.” 

Follow Boris as he takes on this challenge via social media @mallorca_open_swim and support him and Save The Med’s work by making a donation here. Company Promo Packs are available! Get in touch with to learn more!

The raised funds will help us to ensure the continuity of the ‘Animal Oceanographers’ programme, which aims to protect some of the Mediterranean Sea’s most fragile marine species and habitats.

Save The Med receives Social Contribution award from AENIB

In February the Association of Nautical Companies of the Balearic Islands (AENIB) celebrated their General Assembly and held, for the 13th year in a row, their annual award ceremony during which Save The Med Foundation received the award for Social contribution. We are very honoured and wish to thank AENIB so much for this recognition! 

Save The Med receives Social Contribution award from AENIB

Save The Med receives Environment Award by Onda Cero

24th of February 2020 

Save The Med are honoured to be selected as winners of the Onda Cero Environment Award. We'd like to thank the jury of Onda Cero and all our funders, collaborators and volunteers without whom none of the work done would be possible. 

"This award belongs to all the people that have a love for these beautiful islands and a vision for a future full of hope for our children." - Brad Robertson

Annual Report 2019

2019 has been a year of change - for us and for the world as whole - and as a new decade begins so does a new journey in the name of Mediterranean Marine Regeneration!

Last year, in Asociación Ondine’s last annual report we wrote that… In a world faced with numerous human imposed threats of global scale requiring urgent change, we have come to a tipping point where our actions today, or the lack thereof, will determine our legacy and our children’s tomorrow. A tipping point in which we are expected to find the courage to step up our game, to reconsider our definition of wealth, to embrace a transformation of ourselves and of society as we know it, and to rewrite our future together. In such times, passivity and stagnation are not an option. If we want to see a change, we must begin by changing ourselves.” And so we did. 

Manifesting these intentions has been our main focus throughout 2019 and the transition from Asociación Ondine to Save The Med Foundation has been a first and necessary step in this process. 

In Save The Med’s first Annual Report we invite to read about the start of this journey, to learn about our expanding project work, find out how we have invested our funds and much more. You can also find examples on how to get involved - because we couldn’t do any of it alone! 

All the work done is made possible thanks to our the unconditional support of our families and the help of our awesome volunteers, students, Changemakers, members, funders and collaborators who ensure the continuity of STM’s work!  Our heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you for sharing this journey with us! You are #GenerationSaveTheMed!

Annual Report 2019

The Changemakers Project

We've launched The Changemakers Project 2020!

January 7th 2020

Save the Med is inviting students to be part of a positive wave of change in the world of marine regeneration. This year the Changemakers Project will have three main parts to it.

1. The Changemakers Project

We invite students from Mallorca, aged 15 - 18, to form teams and develop ideas that can help reduce plastic consumption. By implementing their projects students will help ignite a wave of change in their communities, and in May they will submit their projects to Save the Med Foundation. Click here to find out more about the type of projects we're looking for and download the informational leaflet to learn more and participate. 

2. The Changemakers Exhibit

An event where all teams can come together! Students from all over the island will get together to present their projects to the public and discuss solutions to plastic pollution. Students will have a chance to view each other's projects, network, learn from each other, inspire and be inspired. Our team will view the projects and make a final decision before announcing the team which will join us for an expedition onboard the Toftevaag! 

3. Changemakers At Sea

The team with the most impactful project, evaluated by a panel of scientists and educators, will be announced during the Changemakers Exhibit and rewarded with an unforgettable expedition experience in July. For one week, students will help our scientists study marine life and human activities at sea, all the while gaining knowledge and skills to become true Ocean Ambassadors when they return. 

We've launched The Changemakers Project 2020!

Mediterranean Angel Sharks: Regional Action Plan

Most of the sharks and rays of the Mediterranean face an elevated risk of extinction. Living in coastal waters and growing to over 1.5 metres long, angel sharks are at risk from fishing and habitat degradation.

Three species of Critically Endangered angel sharks are present in the Mediterranean – Sawback Angelshark Squatina aculeata, Smoothback Angelshark Squatina oculata, and Angelshark Squatina squatina. With over 20 coastal states and territories, the complex nature of the Mediterranean creates further need for highly collaborative action to build capacity for angel shark conservation.  In this context, the recently launched Mediterranean Angel Sharks: Regional Action Plan provides a framework for conservation action for angel sharks in the Mediterranean. 

Save the Med Foundation has contributed to the development of said Action Plan, that has been led by the Shark Trust and has counted with the participation of an array of organisations from within the Angel Shark Conservation Network and across the Mediterranean, as well as with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Specially Protected Areas Regional Activity Centre (SPA/RAC). This roadmap is designed to focus efforts to help restore these enigmatic species to robust populations in the region. 

Read the full press release here and download the Action Plan below the image. 

Mediterranean Angel Sharks: Regional Action Plan

Join our campaign to regain the right to drink tap water!

Join our campaign to regain the right to drink tap water!

Participate in our data demand campaign to help us map drinking water quality!

Water potability and availability is a matter that concerns us all. We all have the right to transparency and control of data as a legal requirement, as stated in the United Nations Resolution 64/292.

However, in the Balearic Island there is a lack of clear, publicly available data about the quality of the tap water in different parts of the island as well as on area specific alternatives where tap water is not potable.  This results in confusion and potential overconsumption of plastic bottled water, which in turn has detrimental effects on the environment. 

Save The Med, Cleanwave and the organization SEAE are working in alliance to map the quality of tap water in the Balearic Islands, make this data available to the public, evaluate its' effect on the consumption of plastic water bottles and ultimately specify actions to take based on the results. To succeed, we need as many people as possible, from all Balearic municipalities, to help us by demanding data that is rightfully theirs. Fundación Rezero, Amics de la Terra, Mallorca and ONGAWA have already joined this initiative and we invite you to do the same! 

You can personally support this campaign by sending an official letter to the responsible company / city council in your municipality requesting the complete analytics of your tap water and it’s periodical provision to the public. Once received, we ask you to send this information to us. (Necessary contact information and draft letter will be provided to you by Save The Med)

The information you receive will then be analysed by Save The Med staff in collaboration with experts in the field, and the results we be made available to the public.
To help us with the campaign we ask you to send the following information  to

Name and surname:
Municipality of residence:

We will send you the letter and prepare a database with the objective of monitoring the results.

The project will be carried out in the islands of Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera, and includeinformation about the entire water cycle: from the origin of the aquifers to the treatment of desalination plants and plants for water management by the administration, and finally, possible actions by citizens as water consumers. 

Zero Waste Guide

On November 20th 2019 Bea Johnson, the pioneer of the Zero Waste movement, visited Mallorca for the first time. During an exciting event at  Trui Teatre, organized by Viveco and Save The Med, Bea taught us how to reduce waste in our homes and lead a more minimalistic and environmentally friendly lifestyle. She shared her experiences based on her home country, but also showed us that her method is applicable anywhere. 

So that all of us who live on the island can apply the knowledge shared by Bea to our own lifestyles, we have gathered information about some companies from Mallorca that offer products which facilitate a zero waste lifestyle, and which collaborated with us during the event. By sharing this brief Zero Waste Guide with you, we hope that you will more easily find alternatives to single use plastic as well as creative ways to reduce your waste. 

We also invite you to send us information about other shops in the Balearic Islands that promote products that are reusable, returnable and sold in bulk.

Zero Waste Guide

PRESS RELEASE by Project AWARE® & Save The MED Foundation

PRESS RELEASE by Project AWARE® & Save The MED Foundation

Immediate ICCAT Ban Needed to Save Endangered Mako Sharks

Scuba Divers and Marine Scientists Call on International Fisheries Managers to Act Now and Prevent North Atlantic Population Collapse.

November 19th, 2019

Palma de Mallorca, Tuesday, 19 November –  In a shared effort to highlight growing public concern for declining shortfin mako shark populations, local conservation group, Save the Med, and global marine conservation non-profit, Project AWARE®, are bringing the voices of more than 26,000 concerned ocean enthusiasts from around the world to the attention of fisheries managers ahead of critical decisions taking place at the meeting of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) – 18-25 November – in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

“Years of inaction to protect declining mako sharks is increasingly a cause for worry among the public, in general, and the dive community, in particular. We are here today to urge fisheries managers to acknowledge our concerns and heed scientific advice for makos, before it’s too late. One thing is clear to us all: postponing action is no longer an option. It’s high time to shift the focus from short-term economic interests to the long-term sustainability of marine ecosystems.” says Brad Robertson, Save the Med Foundation Co-Founder.

This week, at their 26th Regular Meeting, member governments of ICCAT are considering fishing restrictions to protect Atlantic shortfin mako sharks. Since 2017, ICCAT scientists have advised that landings from the seriously overfished North Atlantic population should be banned and have warned that the unprotected South Atlantic population is at risk for following the same path.

Spanish fleets consistently land more makos than any other country. Despite repeated warnings about mako overfishing, the EU has failed to propose the scientific advice at ICCAT meetings or even limit set an EU limit on mako catches. Progress for mako conservation at this week’s ICCAT meeting depends on the European Union reconsidering its stance and instead supporting the limits that scientists advise.

“The population assessments made by scientists are clear: North Atlantic mako sharks are facing collapse and a ban is needed to turn the tide. We need to start thinking of makos like we do other endangered species, such as sea turtles or monk seals.  Makos are still present in the market and on our tables; we're still eating them! It must stop,” comments Gabriel Morey, Save the Med Foundation Co-Founder

In August, the EU co-sponsored a successful proposal to list mako sharks on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).  As a result, CITES Parties will soon be required to demonstrate that mako exports are sourced from legal, sustainable fisheries. The IUCN classified makos as Endangered on the IUCN Red List in March.

Project AWARE and its Shark League coalition partners have appealed to fisheries and environment authorities in all ICCAT Parties to work together to ensure scientific advice is immediately heeded, in line with government obligations under both ICCAT and CITES. More than 25,000 divers and ocean enthusiasts who added their voice to Project AWARE’s #Divers4Makos petition are backing the Shark League appeal.

“Fisheries Ministers making decisions at ICCAT are all public servants, and we want to ensure that they hear, loud and clear, the message that the international dive community, including over 25,000 #Divers4Makos supporters: protect mako sharks NOW!” adds Ian Campbell, Project AWARE Associate Director Policy and Campaigns.

Immediate ICCAT Ban Needed to Save Endangered Mako Sharks

More information:

Project AWARE®: Focused on connecting community action with policy change, Project AWARE is a global movement for ocean protection powered by a community of adventurers. Project AWARE is an international registered non-profit organization and action member of the Shark League for the Atlantic and Mediterranean Coalition (

Shark League: With support from the Shark Conservation Fund, the Shark League of the Atlantic and Mediterranean advances responsible regional shark and ray conservation policies – Members include Shark Advocates International, The Shark Trust, Ecology Action Centre and Project AWARE. (

Save the Med: By combining cutting edge marine research with educational community projects Save The Med Foundation works for Mediterranean marine regeneration by bridging the gap between science and community. Through collaborations with local stakeholders the organisation focuses on the development of efficiently managed marine protected areas and the prevention of plastic pollution. (

Shark Facts:

  • In 2013, the value of shark ecotourism was estimated to be worth US$314 million per year, directly supporting over 100,000 jobs, with approximately 590,000 dedicated shark tourists. Recent trends suggest these figures will double over the next 20 years.
  • The economic value of shark tourism has provided incentive to protect sharks and their habitats in several countries.
  • The shortfin mako - the world’s fastest shark - is sought for meat, fins, and sport, but most fishing nations have yet to impose limits on catch.
  • New analyses show that the North Atlantic mako shark population has only a 53% chance of recovering from overfishing by 2045, even if catches are cut to zero.

Related Links:

Add your name to the #Divers4Makos petition

Dragonera Blava

November 8th, 2019

Yesterday we celebrated the opening of the exposition ‘Dragonera Blava’ which will be open to the public until end of November in the Townhall of Andratx.

We wish to thank everyone who contributed and made this event possible; the talented artists Emma Glinski and Nicholas John Taylor who created the immersive photo collage, Eduardo Miralles and Javier Peréz de Amezaga Tomás who shared their artwork, all the participants of the PhotoCollab 2019 who contributed their images, the collaborators who supported the event including Marilles Foundation, Bebidas Puig, Hotel MomPort, Aico Audiovisuales, Money Doo and of course the Ayuntamiento de Andratx.

Dragonera Blava

Visit the exhibition 'Dragonera Blava'

October 30th 2019

A photographic collaboration conducted throughout the summer of 2019  brought together over fifty individuals from the area of Andratx, who contributed their time and photography skills to highlight the beauty and values of the Dragonera Island and its Marine Protected Area. 

Between November 7th to November 30th a photographic collage composed of their photographies and created by Emma Glinski will be exhibited in Andratx Townhall, in Sala de Plenos. The vernissage will take   place November 7th at 19PM, and the exhibition will be open to the public Monday to Friday 9.00 - 13.00 until the end of the month. 

Visit the exhibition to to discover the beauty of this Marine Protected Area and learn about the historical and current efforts to protect the Natural Park of Sa Dragonera and its' marine environment.

Visit the exhibition 'Dragonera Blava'

Locals come together to protect Sa Dragonera

October 15th 2019

This summer we launched the PhotoCollab project highlighting the protected area of the Dragonera Island with the support of the Marilles Foundation.

The crowd sourced collection of photos above and below water from over fifty participants do not only document and help us raise awareness about the importance of the area, but also show the benefits of collaborative advantage. 

All participants of the PhotoCollab project are winners. Their photos will be included in the database of species in the protected area and be combined into a large collage that will be exhibited in November, allowing the public to learn about the crucial values of marine protected areas in general, and Sa Dragonera in particular. 

In October, they were invited onboard Falcao Uno for a day out at sea visiting the marine protected area and talking about the importance of local communities in the lasting protection of MPAs. 

We would like to tank  Falcao UnoParalenz, e3 Systems and Mallorquinament - Begudes Puig for their support in making this happen! 

November Beach clean!

November Beach clean!

A creative collaboration

20th of august 2019

Meet the artists behind the collage for the recently launched PhotoCollab, the first in a series of community led projects that involve the community in the protection of the marine protected area Sa Dragonera.

Emma Glinski is a young artist who has spent her childhood in Andratx and has considered it her home since her early years. When finishing school in Mallorca, she left for London to study Fine Arts before returning to the island. Emma loves to hike in the south west parts of the island overlooking Sa Dragonera, and to this day still believes it is one of the most outstanding places of natural beauty. She often finds a spot to sketch or paint landscapes.

About her collaboration with the PhotoCollab Emma says: “I am really grateful to take part in this project. It feels good to contribute creatively to something meaningful and environmentally focused, even more so due to my personal connexion with this particular area.” 

Emma Glinski explores concepts of time in relation to geological age, metamorphosis, decay and impermanence. She treats time in a physical way, employing it as a material in itself and exploring it’s structure through disciplines such as mindfulness and repetition. These processes are of equal importance to her enquiry as the finished article. She uses natural materials as they are the very embodiment of change, and that everything surrounding us can be seen to raise and decay.

“Time’s inescapability is something that we all, as living beings of this world, share in common. It is life’s raw struggle against death, however, there is a rare beauty in the angst that surrounds our hope to live on after our last breath.  I like to refer to time as experiential or phenomenological time, where we and our productions only ever exist ‘in the time-being’ ,and yet we also make, through our acts, this time we are in. Thus, we are essentially time-beings; meaning the very fabric and nature of what we are IS time, and we can never exist outside of the present!  Accordingly, the only fundamental truth in the universe is that everything changes. Everything is subject to impermanence. You are not the same person as you were 10 years ago, 10 minutes ago... or even 10 seconds ago as you began to read this. Each moment in the flow of being is time unfolding. This kind of time is not illusory; it is the fundamental actuality of our existence. “

A creative collaboration

Discover Your Marine Protected Area Sa Dragonera

The project 

Save The Med works towards the creation of an efficient network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), including marine reserves. We believe that involvement of local communities is key to achieving lasting marine protection and are launching a new local leadership project which aims to engage local communities in the care and protection of their local MPA. With the support of Marilles Foundation, this pilot project will be implemented in the Sa Dragonera 2019/2020. 

Photo collaboration - Because we can achieve more by working together!

To launch this new project, we invite you all to join a unique 'PhotoCollab' focusing on the Sa Dragonera marine reserve. This photographic collaboration, contrary to a competition,  encourages people to join forces and together participate in the active care for their marine reserve.

The photo collaboration will reveal Sa Dragonera marine reserve’s fascinating life through the creation and exhibition of a big collage of photos, sent in by the participants and composed by the local artist Emma Glinski. In addition, your photo will feature in the marine reserve’s species database, showcasing Sa Dragonera’s richness and biodiversity.

Discover Your Marine Protected Area Sa Dragonera

Take a shot for marine regeneration!

Take a shot for marine regeneration!

We're stronger together!

Starting 2017 we have developed a close collaboration with the marine research organisation Alnitak, developing and implementing collaborative outreach and research projects together. 

We're truly grateful for our joint expeditions and the close partnership that has evolved between our organisations, and are all incredibly excited for what the future holds - an even closer alliance as we welcome Ric, Jasmine and the Toftevaag volunteers to the STM team! 

We’re joining forces and bringing together our collective years of experience, amazing projects and the outstanding enthusiasm of our united teams, for a more efficient way to reach our common objectives! Watch this space!

We're stronger together!

Yin-Yang by Pejac

Save The Med Foundation is honoured to have been chosen as the selected NGO for a fundraiser organised as a collaboration between the fantastic artist Pejac, Suben Art Management and AvantArte. 

Through his thought provoking artwork portrayed in unexpected places, Pejac portrays the conflicting human relationship with nature, reminding us of how easily we forget our interconnectedness with and dependency on it. 

While highlighting some of the most pressing environmental issues that we are currently facing, Pejac impresses not only with the level of care and thoughtfulness that he puts in every detail of each piece of art, but also with his generosity and support of environmental work. 

Pejac dedicated ten hand-embellished impressions of his most recent limited edition Yin-Yang to a fundraiser for Save The Med Foundation, donating 75% of the profits towards Mediterranean marine regeneration.

Yin-Yang, puts the focus on one of his closest and most recurring themes - global warming and climate change. Taking the archetypal image of an Inuit man fishing through a hole in thick ice as an example of the fragility of the environment but also the adaptability of humans, Pejac composed a worrying "before and after" storyline with this striking work. By reversing the image's content and placing the subject on a solitary block of ice floating on water, he managed to sum up the extent of the crisis that humanity is facing, transforming the relationship between the key elements into the structure of a universally recognised symbol for eternal balance.

On July 2nd, the ten hand-embellished impressions, which were pre-released via sold out in seconds. The following day,  the regular edition's 90 examples of the diptych sold out in under a minute through

A heartfelt Thank You on behalf of the whole STM - team to Pejac, Suben Art Management and Avante Art for  your trust and generous support.  

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Night of San Juan #zerowaste

30th of June 2019

The 23/6, following months of campaigning for environmentally responsible habits during this hugely popular yet highly polluting event, we celebrated a waste free Night of Sant Joan in Portixol for the 4th year in a row together with Es Racó de Ses Idees. 

Around 35 amazing volunteers came to help, organise all kinds of workshops, activities for children, beach cleans and games for the participants and beach visitors. The campaign encouraged using reusable bags, tupperware, cups and utensils instead of throw away items. Reusable cups and portable ashtrays were also made available on site for anyone who needed them.  Balloons and lanterns that usually end up harming the environment were discouraged and instead, reusable decorations workshops were offered. 

As the sun set, candles were lit as friends and families gathered in the dark and the atmosphere was amazing. When the team packed up towards midnight, there were plenty of people left, and to our relief very little rubbish. 

A few days later, the results were in: On all the beaches of Palma, a total of 27 tonnes of rubbish were collected the morning after the event. While this is a big number that needs reducing further, it's reflects a positive trend. In 2016, when the first #zero waste event took place, that number was 49.7 tonnes. This means an almost 50% reduction in three years, reflecting growing awareness about the impacts of single use plastics in the environment. 

With Night of San Juan over, many other celebrations await us all. Join us in turning all of them into #zerowaste events and throwing away our throw-away culture once and for all! 

Night of San Juan #zerowaste

Join us as we celebrate a waste free Night of San Juan!

The Night of San Juan #ZeroWaste initiative was started a couple of years ago at the beach of Portixol by a small group ocean lovers who felt an urge to turn this highly polluting event into a magical night where humans celebrate in harmony with nature. With your help, we are spreading it to involve many different parts of the island! By showing that this night can be celebrated without polluting our beaches we aim to put a stop to plastic pollution and its' negative consequences. 

To do this we encourage people from all around the island to join forces with us by organising a waste free San Juan night  with your friends and family on your local beach. Anyone can join! Individuals, families, groups of friends, companies, neighbourhood associations, NGO’s etc.

And it’s all very simple: Invite your loved ones to celebrate Night of San Juan and agree that you will use reusables instead of using single-use items. Organise fun activities, competitions, music or a small beach clean if you'd like, and make sure to upload your photos with the hashtag #nitdesantjoanresiduzero.

Visit the website for tips for a waste free celebration!

More plastic than fish

19th of June 2019

Unfortunately, during this years’ expedition we have seen more plastic pollution than marine animals at sea. All of it poses serious threats to marine life through ingestion and entanglement. 

Plastic pollution surveys conducted onboard include the sampling of microplastic at sea surface with a Manta Trawl as well as surveying for macroplastic and lost fishing gear. 

While open sea clean up efforts have shown to be inefficient, the data obtained can help model the source and fate of plastic pollution in the marine environment. This enables the identification of aggregation hotspots and allows clean up efforts to be focused on these aggregation sites, making them more efficient. 

That said, to achieve lasting effects, the main focus must always be on the reduction of waste generation and pollution prevention. This is particularly important since plastic is a material that lacks real end life solutions: most of it can’t be recycled and even that which can looses quality during the process and can only be recycled a limited amount of times before it can no longer be used.

The huge amounts of plastic that ends up in the environment each year require long term soultions: we need to reduce plastic at the level of production and consumption as to generate less waste overall, and move away from our throw away culture and to materials that have working end life solutions and retournable systems which allow for honest and circular recovery and continuous reuse of the products we use. 

More plastic than fish

Cutting edge science

15th of June 2019

After two weeks at sea we are back on land and finally have proper internet connection to update you all on the happenings! So over the next period we’ll be posting our delayed summaries of the events at sea!

This years’ expedition was very challenging due to the rough weather conditions and unreliable forecasts. Wind, rain, swell and white caps made it difficult to spot and document wildlife.

Despite of this, we had some amazing days during which we could collect crucial data on Rissos’ dolphins and Loggerhead turtles as well as observe Bottlenose dolphins and Striped dolphins.

We managed to tag this beautiful loggerhead turtle, named Anna after one of the very devoted volunteers on board. By tracking turtle Anna and other marine species via satellite tracking they funcion as “animal oceanographers” that allow us to see where and at what depths they move, follow their migration route and see in which temperatures and in which areas they spend most of their time. We can then compare this information to the existing information in the AIS system about marine traffic routes and see where the highest collision risks exist. 

This data has enabled the researcher to collaborate with governments around the Mediterranean to change marine traffic routes and/or maximum allowed speeds in areas where fragile marine species are commonly found. 

Furthermore, the Alnitak - Conservation in Action and Save The Med teams got a chance to work together, get to know each other better, exchange extremely interesting and valuable knowledge and skills, and we got to practice new cutting edge research and documentation technology together.

Baba Dioum once said that “In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught."

Our Boxfish 360º camera provides an exciting opportunity to combine advanced camera technology with education and outreach programmes for children and adults alike. By bringing the magic of the seas to the community through an immersive experience we can bridge the gap between science and local communities in engaging ways. After all, scientific data only becomes impactful when we understand it, value it and take actions for a positive change based on it.  

With the use of ROV - technology (Remote Operating Vehicle) we are able to explore and film marine life and underwater structures down to 100m of depth during both day and night. This allows us to collect information about bottom sediments and get close to species that are otherwise human shy. Furthermore, it allows us to this safely and from the boat/land, with minimal resources and risks for divers!

Cutting edge science

Giant Devil Rays

31th of May 2019 

On the 4th day of the expedition we got lucky! We departed from Cabrera at 5AM, arriving to our study site by 7AM where we were met by perfect conditions, playful dolphin pods and the elusive Giant Devil Rays! Since these are very shy species, Ramón and Save The Med's marine biologist Miguel waited patiently for the rays to get used to their presence. Hopefully it won't be long before we manage to tag them! 

Early mornings, long days and short nights take their toll on the expedition team and limit communication possibilities with the staff on land. Nevertheless with so many passionate ocean lovers gathered on two boats, the spirit is high and the atmosphere on board awesome. We are all thrilled about being part of such a meaningful project that aims to help protect some of the most vulnerable species of the Mediterranean Sea. 

Giant Devil Rays

Expedition time!

29th of May 2019

During the weekend, our team set out to conduct a two week long research expedition in the newly expanded marine national park of #Cabrera. By studying pelagic marine species our research will allow us to better understand their biology, distribution and movement patterns: information that is deficient yet crucial to their protection.

Two boats, the beautiful Norwegian sailing vessel Toftevaag and the powerful Cachalote, set out towards Cabrera despite of wind, rain and choppy waters. Due to the bad weather the first days at sea were rough with a slow start, however a huge pod of striped dolphins very soon put smiles on our faces!

Onboard we have Captain Ricardo Sagarminaga who has dedicated his life to the conservation of the oceans, focusing on the study of cetaceans and marine turtles to address the management of specific risks that they are facing, such as marine traffic and by catch. We are also joined by Dr. Ramón Bonfil, a world known researcher and shark expert with many years of experience of tagging elasmobranchs in different parts of the world. 

Their combined knowledge is impressive and the team is super excited about learning new techniques to better understand the species we are observing, techniques which also include beneficial contributions to the management of the marine national park.

And speaking of the management of marine protected areas; during two of the days, Pep Amengual, the Director of Servicio de Conservación del Organismo Autónomo de Parques Nacionales (OAPN) joined us onboard. Pep shared his knowledge about marine protection with the team and showed great interest in the work and objectives of Save The Med. All parts are convinced that working together will be the key to efficient marine regeneration.

Expedition time!

Celebrate World Ocean's Day with us @ Ca'n Pere Antoni

Celebrate World Ocean's Day with us @ Ca'n Pere Antoni

The Reserve Effect - Sa Dragonera

Recently The Balearic Government and Save The Med's work for the creation of Marine Protected Areas was featured in a short film created by Estrella Damm. Take a look below and read more about the project and the value of marine reserves here. 

"It would have been impossible to set up 11 marine reserves without majority support from the citizenship"- Toni Grau, Head of Marine Resources, GOIB. 

Asociación Ondine becomes Save The Med Foundation!

Since its' foundation in 2012, Asociación Ondine has grown steadily with a rapid expansion taking place over the last few years; an expansion that reflects a pressing global need to urgently and actively protect, restore and regenerate nature and wildlife.  To respond to this growing demand and to the continuous growth of our organisation we are very proud to announce a change in status and name, which will help us to expand our work and outreach as well as to better reflect the evolution of our organisation.

We are now Save The Med Foundation!  

Working for Marine Regeneration 

In a time where the world is facing some of the biggest challenges known to human kind, we believe that dreaming big and aiming high is the key to eventually overcome them. It is no longer enough to speak about marine conservation and work to preserve decayed marine ecosystems in their current state. We need to do all that's in our power to restore and regenerate these ecosystems and allow them to thrive as they once used to. 

With a big name come big responsibilities 

Needless to say, our new name, Save The Med, sets the bar high and motivates us all to work even harder and to achieve even more by expanding our local work in the Balearics through collaborations with grassroots organisations in other areas around the Mediterranean.  


While the Ondine spirit and the beloved Ondine Shark will remain in our hearts, it's with excitement that we take on the challenges that lie ahead of us and welcome you all to join us on the next part of our journey and the rising of Generation Save The Med ; a generation made up of individuals, organisations, students, teachers, families, company owners, employees, creators, influencers, scientists, volunteers, ocean lovers... defined not by their birth year, but by their passion for the Mediterranean Sea and their willingness to change their lifestyles to help regenerate it. Thank you for being a part of it. 

With Love,

The STM - team

Asociación Ondine becomes Save The Med Foundation!

Join #GenerationSaveTheMed and help us protect vulnerable species

The Mediterranean Sea hides so much beauty beneath its surface. However, due to its unique location with 21 bordering countries and very limited connections to the open ocean, it is one of the most vulnerable seas of our planet. Become part of #GenerationSaveTheMed and help us to regenerate her. 

Annual Report 2018

We are proud to share with you our Annual Report of 2018!

Without doubt, 2018 has been our most exciting year to date.  

In 2018 marine conservation and plastic pollution were some of the most talked about topics not only among an increasingly conscious Mallorcan community, but also among companies, politicians, governments and world leaders. While this is very positive, we must keep pushing boundaries and ensure that we ourselves, as well as our leaders, do much more than talking. 

In Asociación Ondine's last Annual Report you can read all about how we have worked to advance and achieve lasting change at all these levels - from individual to governmental, and meet the people doing the work as we present each of our team members and share their stories with you. 

We wish to thank you all for being part of this movement for positive change, and look forward to sharing with you all that is to come as we step up our game, under our new name Save The Med, even further in 2019!

Annual Report 2018

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Help us collect data on local wildlife

We are living during completely unprecedented times. All over the internet, we have seen videos of marine animals said to be “reclaiming” their territory near coastlines, bays and beaches. Are these just false rumours or is marine wildlife really changing its behaviour?

Join Save The Med in a citizen science experiment as we set out to discover if and how the lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak has potentially affected marine life in the Balearic Sea. As the Balearic Government slowly allows us to return to maritime activities we have a short window of opportunity to observe nature during a unique time in history. 

To participate, use our questionnaire to record your observations from a particular area of the sea or coast. Write down what information you can, using either our online form or by printing the questionnaire. If you have photos or videos to share with us, even better. We ask you to report your observations whether you have seen something unusual or not. Both types of information are important for us to be able to draw unbiased conclusions.

Our only requirement is that you must already be familiar with the area you observe and its local fauna. This is because we are not just looking for information on the presence of animals, but of differences in their usual abundance and/or behaviour.

Whether you are a sailor, fisherman, diver, surfer, photographer etc. your observations matter!  Please share this project with your seafaring friends and colleagues.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge and passion for the sea with Save The Med!

Thanks to Associació de Centres de Busseig de ses Illes Balears (ACBIB) ,  Federació Balear de Confraries de Pescadors, Asociación Mallorquina de Pesca Recreativa Responsable, Paleârtica Films y Asociación Vell Marí for their collaboration.