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The COVID-19 pandemic is now having a negative effect off the coast of Antibes on the Cote d'Azur in southern France, with the discovery of discarded masks and gloves littering the seabed.

French environmental group Operation Mer Propre (Operation Clean Sea) has filmed masks and gloves on the bottom in the waters of the Mediterranean near Golfe-Juan. The group said it was appalled by this coronavirus problem, which only grows the existing plastic pollution issues in our oceans.

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Laurent Lombard, Operation Mer Propre's founder, shot the footage while on a dive, during which he found five face masks and four latex gloves, among the usual bottles, bags, etc.

There had previously been concerns about used masks and gloves being dropped in car parks and on streets, etc, with fears that they would end up in our waterways.

Ça vous dit cet été de vous baigner avec le COVID 19…?Sachant que plus de 2 milliards de masques jetables ont été commandés,bientôt il risque d'y avoir plus de masques que de méduses dans les eaux de la Méditerranée…!Il en va de la responsabilité de chacun afin d'éviter cette nouvelle pollution mais aussi de nos élus,députés et pouvoirs publics. En effet depuis plusieurs années certaines communes essaient de lutter contre toutes ces incivilités qui détruisent nôtre environnement et nôtre santé à long terme,il serait donc peut être temps d'unir toutes les bonnes initiatives afin résoudre le plus rapidement et le plus fermement cette nouvelle pollution.La crise sanitaire nous a permis de voir le meilleur et le pire en nous,si nous ne faisons rien c'est le pire qui va arriver alors que c'est simplement une question de bon sens pour éviter tout celà.Je dirais simplement pour finir qu'un masque jetable ça se jette à la poubelle comme tout les autres déchets d'ailleurs.

Posted by Laurent Lombard on Saturday, 23 May 2020

Photo credit: Operation Mer Propre

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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