Trivia / Treasures of Kerala

Suchitwa Sagaram campaign trains fishermen to ________.

  1. collect plastic from the sea
  2. rescue people from the sea
  3. collect squids from the sea

collect plastic from the sea

India generates about 15,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day, of which around 6000 tonnes is littered and uncollected, a huge proportion of which finds its way to the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. This pollution has an adverse effect on the marine ecology.

When fishermen drag their nets through the water, they end up scooping out huge amounts of plastic which, until recently was dumped back into the water. Suchitwa Sagaram campaign, launched by the fisheries department of the Government of Kerala, trains fishermen to collect the plastic from the sea and bring it back with them.

In the first 10 months of the campaign, 28 fishermen have removed 25 tonnes of plastic from the Arabian Sea. This plastic is then shredded and used in road surfacing. Plastic roads are cheaper, their melting point is higher and thus are a great alternative to the conventional road making techniques in the tropical environments like southern India.