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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

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AZORES​

Leg 1: 14.-20.August

Leg 2: 21.-27.August

The Azores are a remote group of islands in the Atlantic at the very edge of the North Atlantic Gyre.

This expedition will be the second of its kind and a follow up expedition to our expedition in 2019, which was the first one ever that has been conducted in the Azores,  allowing us to predict and monitor the amount of microplastics in this remote area.

In order to obtain the most accurate picture possible, detailed data on the quantity and composition of the materials found there is needed. 

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sicily

Leg 1: 11.-17.SEPTEMBER

Leg 2: 18.-24.SEPTEMBER

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 20 regions of Italy. North of Sicily lie the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea named after the demigod of the winds Aeolus.

This expedition is a collaboration with the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn. We will collect surface water microplastic samples around the Aeolien islands for the very first time and combine the data with fish ingested microplastic data collected by the marine researchers from Anton Dohrn to see the connection between the microplastic floating and the impact it has on the ecosystem. 

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. 

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