Syndicat Mixte Kosta Garbia


The Mixed Trade Union Kosta Garbia, based in Bayonne (France), is the Center of Littoral Environment Resources of the Altantic Pyrenees. The structure includes the French Pays Basque administrations in charge of the littoral (Côte Basque-Adour Agglomeration, Sud Pays Basque Agglomeration and the General Council of Atlantic Pyrenees). The main objective of Kosta Garbia is to bring technical support for the maintenance and the improvement of the quality of the bathing waters and for the fight against floating marine litter. During summer, the syndicate organizes works of collection of floating waste on the estuaries of Adour and Bidassoa, by collecting and studying the local authorities’ requests and finding the necessary technical solutions.

In Life LEMA, Kosta Garbia brings its experience in the use of fishing boats to collect floating marine litter by defining the necessary steps to obtain authorization for diversifying the fishing activity of marine litter. Kosta Garbia also participates to the selection of the technology for collecting floating marine litter that will be installed on boats.

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