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Committed
to our seas.

SEA
CON
SCI
OUS

Without anyone knowing,

there was a moment of purity,
in which there was nothing.

Now,

in the palm of the water,
from the shade comes the fruit of that instant.

Álvaro Cunqueiro, “Mar al Norte”.

In 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. This fact was published in the study The New Plastics Economy, presented at the World Economic Forum which was held in 2019 in Davos (Switzerland).

It is estimated that 8 million tonnes of plastic waste end up in our planet’s oceans each year, although this figure could increase tenfold over the next decade unless the global community proves its waste management practices.

Mar de Frades wants to shed light on this reality, from its local surroundings, through the eyes of photographer Enric Gener, whose work is not only a true reflection of his passion, admiration and respect for the sea, but also serves to raise awareness about the importance of conserving it.

Sea-Conscious was born at the hand of Mar de Frades in response to the problem of the plastic invading our oceans.
This photography project consisting of beautiful images by Enric Gener invites us to reflect on our lifestyle and and send a message of hope.

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Enric Gener

Enric Gener (1982, Ciutadella de Menorca) studied Art and Design in Barcelona, where he also took up photography. He began working as an animator and graphic designer at a number of advertising agencies and creative studios, until finally giving up his permanent post in Madrid to embark upon his photographic project 27MM, which brought him closer to the sea that flows in his veins and so appeals to him. His passion has brought him to travel through this magical salty world, taking him from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean, through the Gulf of California, the Atlantic Ocean, Red Sea and Tasman Sea, to name a few. In the creation of this project, he has travelled in the company of Mar de Frades to the seas of Galicia, giving his particular viewpoint of the tragedy entailed by the plastic invasion of this sea that he so admires and respects.

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ENRIC’S VISION

With Sea-Conscious, Enric Gener presents the viewer with two images: a superficial perspective whereby we can appreciate the beauty of the landscape or scenery; and a second one where we realise something is out of place. Something doesn’t fit.

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Fishers viewed from the sea.

Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans, which is the equivalent of five plastic bags full of plastic for every 30 centimetres of coast.

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Plastic fishing in the Atlantic Ocean.

Plastic waste pollution is a reality throughout the Galician coast. Thanks to associations like Mar de Fábula, this problem is being tackled with the collection of an average of 400kg of plastic each month.

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An island of ropes and fishing rigs.

Trawling is one of the most destructive practices on the planet. The huge nets destroy everything in their wake, including sea creatures and deep-sea corals that are thousands of years old.

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Nets reflected on the beach.

Sea creatures are swallowing microplastics, which causes blockages and alterations in their feeding and reproduction patterns. These microplastics are passed down the feeding chain, and can release and attract toxic chemical substances.

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Barnacle fisher with “white barnacles”.

As well as biodiversity, plastic affects the behaviour of marine fauna. Some fish have plastic in their digestive system, in their liver and even in their brain. In such cases, this plastic makes them react more slowly to dangers or environmental changes.

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Shellfishing among plastic.

Worldwide, fishing is currently unsustainable. Fishing overexploitation in the Atlantic has led to a 40% decrease in commercial species, which could result in the total disappearance of these species in the short term.

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Petrol stains in the ocean.

Every year, approximately 3.5 million tonnes of petrol and its by-products end up in the sea. Each tonne of petrol is estimated to cover 12km of ocean surface.

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Beneath the floats. Mussels wrapped in plastic.

Only 0.04% of the seas on our planet are fully protected from fishing overexploitation.

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Marine textures.

Currently, roughly 700 species of marine organisms are affected by pollution of this kind. Every year, over a million birds and 100,000 marine mammals die as a consequence of all the plastic that goes into the sea.

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Seaweed, foam and pollution.

The plastic that we find on the surface is just the tip of the iceberg, since it constitutes less than 15% of all the plastic in the sea. Over 30 million plastic cans and bottles are thrown away in Spain each day, which go on to pollute our soil, coasts and oceans.