In May 2021, a fleet consisting of four new sweeping who will have the task of keep the waters around Ischia, Procida and the other Phlegrean islands clean overlooking the Gulf of Naples. The purchase of the four "sentinels of the sea" is part of the pollution prevention strategy of beaches and coasts envisaged by the 'SalviAmo Nettuno' project supported by the Foundation with the South through the 2018 Environment Announcement, and developed by a partnership between the Campania delegation Marevivo - as leader - the Hester Association, Unec - National Union of Cultural Bodies - the Erresse study cooperative and the Regno di Nettuno Marine Protected Area.
The aim of the project is to contribute to preserve the state of biodiversity, prevent the pollution of the beaches caused by abandoned waste, mainly plastic, and from their spillage into the sea, promoting the development of separate waste collection and raising awareness of the protection of the sea and the natural environment. To respond to the identified risk, activities are planned to prevent the abandonment of waste by pleasure boats and to clean the surface of the water by means of a sweeping boat and support boats during the bathing season. Among the objectives, there is also that of creating a model of marine pollution prevention that can also be replicated in other marine protected areas for the dissemination of good practices in defense of the marine ecosystem.
The boats were built by the FM Morri shipyard in Bellaria Igea Marina (RN) and are intended for the ports of Procida, Ischia, Forio and Sant'Angelo, with a crew consisting of a pilot from Hester and a volunteer from Marevivo.