A sea of ​​positive data: clean beaches attract domestic and foreign tourism

The Environmental Protection Ministry’s Clean Beach Index, for the second half of July, shows that 83.3% of the measured open beaches were rated as “clean” to “very clean” – a significant improvement compared to the index in the corresponding period last year

Kiryat Haim North Beach. Photo by Yael Shai, Ministry of the Environment

The Ministry of Environmental Protection’s “Clean Beach” index data, for the second half of July, show that 83.3% of the measured open (undeclared) beaches were rated as “clean” to “very clean”, compared to 84.85% in the previous index. In the corresponding period last year, only 66.7% of the beaches were found to be clean to very clean. The cleanest coastal authorities (having an average grade of “very clean”) are: Hadera, Emek Hafer, Netanya, Bat Yam, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Gan Reva, Ashdod. The only coastal authority rated in this index as having an average grade of “dirty” is the Ashkelon beach.

As part of the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s clean beach program, the national unit for the protection of the marine environment initiates assistance to the coastal authorities, in carrying out enforcement operations on the beaches during the summer months. The assistance is provided through the reinforcement of the inspection force by Israel Police officers, who accompany the inspectors on behalf of the Coastal Authority in the inspection and enforcement operations, with the aim of creating a deterrent against waste criminals on the beaches and reducing the damage to the coastal and marine environment.

The 18 municipalities that receive more than 7,000 hours of policing during the current bathing season are: Netanya, Herzliya, Hoof HaCarmel Regional Council, Emek Hefer Regional Council, Ashkelon, Meta Asher Regional Council, Kiryat Yam, Union of Kinneret Cities, Ashdod, Nahariya, Tirat Carmel, Acre Municipality, Haifa, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Hoof Hasharon Regional Council, Bat Yam, Hadera and Eilat.

Khuf Akzib. Photo by Ram Greenwald, Ministry of Environment

The scope of the project’s financing was already doubled last year to one million shekels, as part of the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s clean beach program. As part of the enforcement activity, the polluters on the beach may be fined up to NIS 750 for throwing waste due to the high sensitivity of the beaches. The budget for the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s clean beach program for 2022 is NIS 16 million. The year 2022 is the 17th year of the Clean Beach Program of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, which has been operating since 2005 with the aim of minimizing the danger of coastal and marine waste in Israel and working to clean the beaches and the sea according to the international commitment for the benefit of the environment and the public in Israel.

A central component of the clean beach program, as well as the bulk of its budget, is directed to support the coastal authorities in cleaning the open beaches in their territories. The Clean Beach program defines clear result targets for the cleaning of the open beaches – so that 70% of the beaches will be clean 70% of the year – in order to address the environmental problem of marine waste in Israel.

Fred Erzoan, The deputy director of the national unit for the protection of the marine environment of the Ministry of Environmental Protection: “The current index indicates the continued improvement of the cleanliness of the open beaches compared to the corresponding period last year. Our cooperation with the local authorities and the commitment of the public to keep the beaches clean are proving themselves, and we continue to support the authorities and help them maintain the trend. We are once again emphasizing how important it is to avoid going to the beaches with single-use plastic and to keep our beaches clean of waste after recreation”

Disposable – not in my sea! The Ministry of Environmental Protection calls on the public to refrain from bringing plastic waste to the beaches, in order to keep our beaches clean. Disposable – not in my sea!

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