2022 Red Sea
The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, lying between the continents of Africa and Asia. It is renowned for its abundant and colorful 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.
2022 Ligurian-Tyrrhenian Sea
The Mediterranean Basin is the cradle of world civilization and a huge and sensitive ecosystem of marine biodiversity.
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.
This expedition is part of a 10 years monitoring project, which started in 2018. We would like to evaluate if there are any changes that can be detected with regard to the quantity and spatial and temporal distribution of microplastics found in the area(s).
The Azores are a remote group of islands in the Atlantic at the very edge of the North Atlantic Gyre.
For this expedition, we collected surface water samples as well from 5 and 25 meter depth to try to understand the horizontal distribution behavior 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 is needed.
2022 aeolian islands - Sicily
Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the 20 regions of Italy. North of Sicily lies 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 Aeolian islands and combine the data with microplastic samples taken at 50 meter depth.
2022 Whitsundays - Australia