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Clean Seas 



The Clean Seas Initiative creates programs for the protection and recreation of the environment of the Azov and Black Seas, supports scientists and conservationists working to save our seas and marine life. These seas are the most important for us 'cause our genetic memory is connected with them and the destiny of these seas depends on us, only on us. Learn more about the initiative.




The marine life of the Black and Azov Seas is under threat. Bychok-paganel, Ukrainian lamprey, Sea pike-perch, Beluga, Sterlet and other endangered species of fish and cyclostomes are victims of habitat loss and degradation, anthropogenic impact, marine and coastal pollution, unbalanced use and reproduction of marine biological resources, etc. All this can not only destroy the biodiversity of our seas, but also lead to a consequence no less global than the decline in the level of the Aral Sea.


In the Black Sea, ships transport over

1 000 000

tons of oil annually* 

Often there are accidents leading to salvo emissions: while a hundred thousand tons of oil or oil products fall into the water.

*So, in the Odessa, Ilyichevsk and Kerch ports the content of oil products in water exceeds the threshold limit value (TLV) by 1.5-2 times. The concentration of petroleum products in the Azov Sea in some places exceeds the TLV by 10 times.


The Clean Seas Initiative, founded in 2018 is taking action now to assure these unique seas are not gone forever. Now we are looking for a partnership with some of the world’s leading oceanologists, the initiative funds on-the-ground research and innovative conservation programs to protect and restore the Black and Azov Seas and marine life. We also leads a global public awareness campaign to shine light on the issue online.




The Clean Seas Initiative includes in its program for the protection and recreation of the environment of the Azov and Black Seas, the following priority areas for addressing the main problems of the ecological state of the Azov and Black Seas:

Сreation and expansion of land protected areas (including water protection zone of the seas, coastal zone) on 30% from all Ukraine’s conservation areas by 2030 year. 

Reduction of harmful emissions to the Black and Azov Seas from factories (paying special attention to emissions from metallurgical plants in Mariupol city) and ships on 30% by 2030 year.

Construction of underwater habitats (reef balls) in the Black and Azov Seas with an area of 3000 square kilometers by 2030 year.

Creation of conditions for the life of algae, shrimp, mollusks, which are in themselves powerful purification plants. 

Conservation and reproduction of marine life and habitats of biological species.

Reproduction of valuable and commercial fish species (both in the natural environment and in artificial water bodies), the development of aquaculture activities, and the creation of special marine plantations.

Raising the level of environmental education online and involving the public in implementing environmental protection measures.

Improvement of the legislative and other regulatory framework for the implementation of the Clean Seas Initiative at the state level, its alignment with the requirements of the existing international treaties of Ukraine.

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