1 May 2018 - If you're planning a trip to Italy's idyllic Tremiti Islands , make sure you leave any plastic back at home.
New rules have come into force in which single-use plastic such as cutlery, cups and plates have all been banned from the archipelago; and there are strict punishments for rule-breakers.
Mayor Antonio Fentini has signed a new ordinance with the ban coming into place from today (Tuesday 1st May 2018), with fines from €50 up to €500 in place for anyone caught trying to break the rules.
The fines are not just aimed at tourists visiting the islands - locals and businesses will also be subject to the regulations.
"Day after day we're seeing humans kill our sea and we had to do something, immediately," the mayor of the islands, Antonio Fentini, told La Repubblica .
That doesn't mean you won't be able to enjoy a picnic when visiting the islands - but you will be encouraged to use reusable or biodegradable picnicware instead.
For now the ban will include single-use plastic only, but local authorities hope to eventually roll out more regulations to include restrictions on plastic bottles and polystyrene containers.
The decision comes after a Greenpeace investigation into plastic pollution revealed that Tremiti had one of the highest levels of microplastic litter along the Italian Coast, coming second after Portici in Naples.
The report, which looked at the extent of microplastic litter in the Mediterranean Sea along the Italian Coast, found that there were 2.2 pieces of plastic per metre cubed of water along the Tremiti Islands' shores.
It's concerning to authorities, especially as the Tremiti Islands have marine protected areas with strict regulations around fishing, water sports and marine activities.
Despite these, Greenpeace found a "significant level of anthropogenic pollution"; basically, carbon dioxide that has been caused by human activity.
The Tremiti Islands aren't the only region to impose a single-use plastic ban.
In fact, the UK government is also looking to ban plastic drinking straws as part of a push to protect marine life, with rules that could come into place as soon as this year .
Meanwhile, cruise company Hurtigruten recently revealed it aims to become the world's first plastic free cruise company. Their first step? Banning all single-use plastic across their entire fleet of ships by the 2nd July 2018.