WE TAKE ACTION BY COMBINING

Sailing, Science

& Education

 
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PLASTIC POLLUTION

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SHARKs &RAys

Mission

We are committed to marine conservation by combining sailing, science and education in order to find solutions and strengthen awareness

engadine, switzerland 2021

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Up to 14,000 tons of plastic end up in Swiss soil and water every year. Initial studies carried out in Swiss lakes and rivers showed that microplastics were found in each of the examined water and sediment samples.

More recent studies have even shown the presence of microplastics in snowfall in Swiss mountain regions, which would be an indicator of atmospheric transport and subsequent microplastic deposition.

​The aim of this study is to provide the first detailed evidence of microplastics (> 0.1mm) in the waters of the Upper Engadine at 1820 meters above sea level.

 

In general, studies on microplastic measurements are carried out as time-limited measurements (snapshots). 

​Therefore, for our study, samples are taken weekly at the same locations for a period of two months in order to obtain the most accurate picture possible with regard to the occurrence, quantity, size and type of the microplastic.

 

This planned project will be the first Alpine study of its kind, serving to track the changes in microplastic presence in Alpine waters over a period of time.

 

Expeditions 2021

greece
Leg 1: 16.-23.october
Leg 2: 23.-30.october

The Cyclades are an island group in the Aegean Sea, southeast of mainland Greece. The name refers to the islands around ("cyclic") the sacred island of Delos, while the largest island of the Cyclades is Naxos. The culture of Greece was evolved over thousands of years and is widely considered to be the cradle of modern Western culture. Ancient Grecian thinkers and architects laid the intellectual foundations of many fields of study.

This expedition is a collaboration with the Hellenic Centre of Marine Research (HCMR). We will collect surface water microplastic samples around the Cyclades for the very first time with a focus on collecting smaller-sized microplastics below 0.3mm. 

Expeditions 2022

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Brothers,
daedalus & elphinstone 
& Marsa abu dabbab

red sea, Egypt
05. - 12. may 2022

The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between the continents of Africa and Asia. The Red Sea is renowned for its abundant and colourful coral reefs and remote seamounts that attract large marine megafauna, such as sharks. This shark and ray expedition along the Marine Parks Route (Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone Reef) combines extraordinary diving with lectures and citizen science. 

This expedition is a collaboration with the Red Sea Project. We will collect identification pictures of marine megafauna to support scientific research and help improve local conservation measures. 

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