Enaleia

Enaleia is a social start up, that started in 2016, a few months after Greece’s capital controls, when the unemployment in the country had skyrocketed to 29%. This is why, we created the first school for professional fishing in the country, training more than 110 unemployed people to become fishermen over the last 3 years.

At the same time, we are training professional fishermen on how to earn more money, while catching less fish, assisting them to adopt new sustainable fishing techniques, such as fishing tourism.

Soon after we started our operations, we realized that the main challenged that our seas face, is marine plastic pollution. Specifically, when we were designing the curriculum of the fishing school, we went on fishing trips, in order to map the fishing procedure. Our first trip, was in the islands of Cyclades, where we were socked to see that fishrmen were collecting in their nets not only fish, but also plastic. which the fishermen were throwing back in the sea, by saying “this is not our problem”. We researched this phenomenon, and according to the MaCArthur Foundation, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. This is when we decided to do something about that. We started by training the fishermen from our local port, Keratsini, and we were astonished by the results. Then, we decided to spread this simple idea, fishing for plastic, to the rest of the country, by creating the project Mediterranean Cleanup. Now we work with hundreds of fishermen in Greece and Italy, and we are collecting thousands of kilos of plastic from the sea, every week! This plastic, is then integrated into the circular economy, through our recycling and upcycling partners. This plastic, is then integrated into the circular economy, through our recycling and upcycling partners. For our project Mediterranean Cleanup, we got the recognition of Young Champion of the Earth, representing Europe!




The UN Environment Program selected us among the Top 5 best initiatives in Europe for 2019 for its positive impact on the environment. You can read more here.

You can read more about our action on the plastic in an article for us in The Guardian.


Vision

A sustainable marine ecosystem, including humans.

Mission

To solve two problems that correlate to a great extend

Reduction of fish stocks

Fish stocks have decreased by 30% the last 30 years ( Eurostat, 2016),

Plastic pollution of the oceans

By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea (Ellen MacArthur Foundation).

Our team

LEFTERIS ARAPAKIS

Co-founder & Manager

NIKOS THERAPOS

Legal & Finance

Kabardi

ZETA KAMPARDI

Project Manager

GIORGOS ANTONIOU

Michaniona Port Representative

Giannakopoulos

KONSTANTINOS GIANNAKOPOULOS

Operations Manager

Papadopoulou

EVI PAPADOPOULOU

Accounting & Finance Intern

DANAI TZOYBA

Digital Marketing Intern

Awards

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