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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

Sailing, Science
& Education

engadine, switzerland 2021/2022

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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 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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ligurian-tyrrhenian sea
leg1: 04. - 11. june 
leg2: 18. - 25. June 

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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