Project Amorgorama by
In cooperation with artist Florian Reiche (DE/AT).
With the pilot project Amorgorama the Professional Fishing Association of Amorgos wants to find a sustainable approach to cope with the problems of the continuously increasing pollution of the coasts by plastics as well as the overfishing in the Aegean Sea.A project of the Professional Fishing Association Amorgos and artist Florian Reiche (DE/AT)
The pollution of the island and the overfishing around.
As a cycladic island of the Aegean Sea, Amorgos is more severely affected by marine pollution every year. Mainly plastic pollutes the coasts, especially in the bays exposed to the harsh storms in winter. In high seas, the surf washes over bays deep into the land, leaving behind flotsam.
In the spring, after the strong winds, the bays are most affected by the garbage. The recovery is only possible from the sea in the most cases. In general, there is a lack of funds for this, as well as for the cleaning from the land. The collection of the garbage is important at this time, because most of the plastic pieces are still of a visible size. With the surf, the winds and the increasing sunshine, plastic flotsam becomes a so-called microplastic. As such, it penetrates the cycle of nature and pollutes the flora and fauna, ultimately humans.
In addition to the pollution of the sea and the bays, the Aegean Sea also has the problem of overfishing. Fishermen in particular are aware of the problem and are looking for a solution. The Professional Fisher Association of Amorgos presented a concept years ago and repeatedly to the Ministry of Rural Development in Greece to counter both overfishing and pollution.
In order to give the shoals time for regeneration, the fishermen do not want to fish in April and May. In these months most fish species reproduce and this process should be given the necessary time. But the fishermen need a paid job to work the boats during these months. The Professional Fisher Association of Amorgos has therefore tried, through the Ministry of Rural Development, to obtain existing European Union funds aimed at supporting maritime life and fishing. This money would be used to pay the fishermen for the period in question if they do not go out to fish, but to fetch plastic and flotsam from the bays. Unfortunately this concept was rejected several times by the ministry.
Finding a sustainable way to cope with the situation.
The time does not stand still and the Professional Fisher Association of Amorgos would like to become active. For this reason we call the project AMORGORAMA into life. We want to raise the necessary money by donations to pay the fishermen to clean up as many bays as possible in spring 2020 and at the same time offer the underwater world a break for regeneration.
We don't see AMORGORAMA as the ultimate solution to the problem, but as a pilot project to show how we can confront environmental conditions in the future with innovative concepts.
From the pilot project to a sustainable, altered definition of the fishermen's profession.
The vision is to adapt the fishing profession to make the best use of local resources and infrastructure to deal with the existing situation. The project will show what positive effects such a project can have in order to optimise this concept in the future and to finance it in the long run with national and/or European funds. For this reason, the actions of the fishermen will be documented in spring 2020. At the same time, the documentation makes the project transparent and shows what has been made possible with the money raised.