The underwater expedition intends to remove marine litter off the seabeds and reefs of Sri Lanka.
Divers of The Pearl Protectors will mobilize in a series of underwater cleanups in the western, eastern and southern provinces to remove single use plastic waste, stranded fishing nets, clothing, metal and other significant marine litter.
Being lightweight and buoyant, the pellets have spread across the western, southern and northwestern coasts, turning Sri Lanka’s picturesque beaches into wastelands. In due course, this is bound to become a regional problem as the pellets could make landfall in other Indian Ocean countries.
Currently, there are no legislative and regulatory provisions to address plastic pellets in Sri Lanka. Although Sri Lanka is a signatory to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), which is the main international convention covering prevention of pollution of the marine environment by ships from operational or accidental causes, the Annexes from I to VI of MARPOL have not yet been fully incorporated into parliamentary legislation.
The advocacy petition calls for the issuance of domestic regulations to control plastic pellets in Sri Lanka, formulation of a contingency plan to effectively contain plastic pellet spills from ships and the effective incorporation of MARPOL into parliamentary legislation.
We are proud to announce that Sadè who is a passionate Protector of the Pearl volunteer will be representing Miss Sri Lanka for Miss World 2021 as the Social Ambassador of The Pearl Protectors
Sadè Greenwood will be our flag-bearer towards advocating for marine conservation and protection
The ocean is with you Sadè!
Await the new virtual exhibition portal set to go live soon. The team is diligently processing all the artwork before being published online. All submissions will be exhibited.
In 2021, we have received over 1000 submissions making the World Oceans Day through Art competition the largest virtual art exhibition.
Are you passionate about protecting our oceans? Join us as a volunteer to make an impact by taking part in various projects that aim to conserve our marine environment.
The Pearl Protectors launched the ‘Pearl Protector Approved’ Accredited Standardization Certificate, which for the first time recognizes restaurants and food vendors in Sri Lanka that eliminate single-use plastic items based on three levels of commitments.