But if mare nostrum ends, it could be a tragic day for migrants making the perilous crossing.
Since mare nostrum, more than 60 traffickers have been arrested when their boats were intercepted or rescued at sea.
Captain Giuseppe Maggio described the nightmare situations the mare nostrum ships encounter.
Instead, it would like to see additional, strengthened search and rescue missions like mare nostrum put in place.
The whole Mediterranean became a Roman sea, the mare nostrum.