Celebration of the International Day of Black Sea

On the occasion of the International Day of the Black Sea on October 31 , Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation organized a meeting with schoolchildren from city of Kavarna in the Visitors Center “Kaliakra” in Balgarevo Village. The schoolchildren visited the Center and examined the exhibits with great interest.
Center’s curator Ms. Elena Urumcheva has arranged the exhibition of children’s seascape paintings with common theme “I love the sea, it is for all of us.” The exhibition presents works of children from 7-14 years of age, divided into three age groups. Three awards were given out for each age group.

Mrs. Yulia Yordanova from Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation held a quiz “Do you know the fish of the Black Sea?”. Many awards were given to the winners.

Later there was premiere showing of a documentary “Tears of the Sea” by the Bulgarian National Television with authors Tsvetelina Atanasova and Valentin Gonevski. The film was shot near cape Kaliakra and shows exceptional underwater footage of flora and fauna of Bulgarian Black Sea coast. But along with the beauty of the sea the film shows some of the biggest problems of the Black Sea, namely the pollution of its aquatory. During the screening of the documentary, project manager of REEFS Project, Mr. Petko Tsvetkov from Bulgarian Biodiversity Foundation, told the fascinating stories about Black Sea and its inhabitants, and presented recently launched International project “REEFS”. Schoolchildren and other visitors to the Center were told about the purpose of the project, namely increasing population of the Black Sea mussels with help of artificial reefs placed in the aquatory of individual Black Sea countries. It was also explained that long-term this will help to improve the ecology of the Black Sea and increase biodiversity of marine life in it.

This event was covered by some media outlets such as radio “Bourgas” (a branch of the Bulgarian National Radio), which broadcast an interview with Mr. Petko Tsvetkov on the topic.
Camera crew from the cable TV channel “Kavarna” was present at the event itself and made a documentary film that was later released via regional TV network.