What is Indicit II?
INDICIT II (Implementation Of Indicators Of Marine Litter On Sea Turtles And Biota In Regional Sea Conventions And Marine Strategy Framework Directive Areas), is a two year project (February 2019 – February 2021 funded by the European Union, and continues from the INDICIT I project which ran from 2017 – 2019. The consortium, composed of researchers from 12 partners in 8 different countries (France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and the United Kingdom), is committed to support the implementation of EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and other international environmental policies aiming at protecting the marine environment (especially the Barcelona convention, the OSPAR convention, the HELCOM etc).
INDICIT II focuses on the Descriptor 10 of the MSFD (“Marine Litter”), which aims to maintain or achieve the Good Environmental Status (GES) of the marine environment by 2020 with respect to marine litter. The overarching aim is to develop a set of standardized tools for monitoring the impacts of litter on marine fauna as bio-indicators: “macro-litter ingested by sea turtle (debris items >1 mm)”, “Marine wildlife entanglement in floating debris (turtles, mammals, birds)” and “micro-litter ingested by fish/ sea turtle (debris items <1mm)”.