Gibraltar bans helium balloons to protect marine wildlife

Gibraltar has banned the release of helium-filled balloons in an effort to tackle pollution which affects marine wildlife.

Traditionally 30,000 balloons were released to mark the British territories National Day.

But authorities officially banned the practice last week.

In a statement they said:

“The Government has published Regulations to ban the deliberate release of gas-filled balloons.
“This is a measure that ratifies the voluntary decision taken some years ago not to release balloons on National Day, a move that gained great international acclaim.
“It will now be an offence to do so, and follows similar legislation in other countries. In this way Government wants to reiterate its commitment to clean seas, free of plastics and other non-biodegradable materials which cause so much harm to wildlife.”

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