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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

Sail & explore association

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workshops 2023

workshop
marine ecology & 
plastic pollution

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25.06 - 01.07
Island of Elba 
Italy

COMING SOON!

workshop
marine ecology & 
plastic pollution

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17.09 - 23.09
aeolian Islands
vulcano 

COMING SOON!
Expeditions

Expeditions 2023


plastic pollution

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ligurian-tyrrhenian sea
leg1: 27.05 - 03.06 
leg2: 03.06 - 10.06 

The Mediterranean Sea is highly exposed to tourism activities, maritime routes, and urbanized coastal areas which can increase marine debris. Today about 320 million tourists spend their holidays at the Mediterranean Sea annually. This tourism creates a 40% increase in marine litter during the summer period above and beyond the 208-760 kg of solid urban waste produced annually by the 150 million people living by the Mediterranean basin.

The aim of this expedition is to collect data on a ten years scale to evaluate and monitor if there are any changes which can be detected with regard to the quantity and spatial and temporal distribution of microplastics found in the Ligurian-Tyrrhenian Sea (near Olbia-Elba-Genoa). 

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azores
leg1: 19.08 - 26.08 
leg2: 26.08 - 02.09 

The Azores are a remote group of islands in the Atlantic and at the very end of the North Atlantic Gyre. Enter an untouched paradise also considered as the hidden jewels of Portugal with breathtaking views and amazing underwater marine life. However, this amazingly beautiful spot on our planet is highly affected by the plastic pollution problem.

Together with the team of the marine biologist Dr. Christopher Pham, we are conducting surveys since 2019 to allow us to predict and monitor the amount of microplastics in this remote area to obtain the most accurate picture possible, about the quantity and composition of the materials found.

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aeolian islands
leg1: 16.09 - 23.09 
leg2: 23.09 - 30.09

The Aeolians, seven islands, each with its own unique identity but all having the same volcanic origin and named after the god of wind Aeolus, are located off the northern coast of Sicily. Situated in the Tyrrhenian Sea, this area however is still almost unexplored in terms of the amount of plastic floating in the surrounding sea. 

Together with the team of marine biologist Dr. Teresa Romeo, we are conducting surveys since 2021. The Mediterranean sea is the most polluted sea worldwide regarding microplastic. This expedition will allow us to predict and monitor the amount of microplastics around this unique and astonishing archipelago, to obtain the most accurate picture possible, about the quantity and composition of the materials found.

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Sail & Explore Association

Kramgasse 18

3011 Bern

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