Whitsunday Expedition 2020
LEG 1: 14.–20. MARCH
LEG 2: 21.–27. MARCH
The Great Barrier Reef is located at the east coast of Australia and is the world's largest and longest coral reef system. It is the biggest single structure made by living organisms that gives home to over 1,500 species of fish, abundant marine life and over 200 types of birds. The Whitsunday Islands are a collection of 74 islands off the central coast of Queensland including the spectacular bright white sands of Whitehaven Beach.
This expedition will be the first of its kind and will allow us to predict and monitor the amount of microplastics in this conservation area. In order to obtain the most accurate picture possible, detailed data on the quantity and composition of the materials found there is needed. We want to play an active role in contributing to a possible solution to the problem.
In collaboration with Kate Nelson aka Plastic Free Mermaid, who has lived ten years without single-use plastics after visiting the Great Pacific Trash Gyre and taking a sample that resembled plastic soup. She is a science communicator, social change influencer, and veteran environmental activist. Mermaid also loves to surf, sail, and free dive. She is the resident mermaid that teaches us her plastic-free ways and keeps us salty.
Check her out:
A course week includes:
All course participants will serve as crew and be integrated into the sailing routine as much as possible. This involves navigation, watch duty, setting sails, reefing and anchoring.
You will sleep like a real crew and sharing beds/bunking with other participants.
Assisting with the sampling by using the Manta Trawl system and conducting the first evaluations on board.
Daily lectures on plastic pollution and its impact on the environment as well as the structure of the marine ecosystem.
On our expedition we will be accompanied by Maddison Carbery, a marine scientist from the University of Newcastle who works on the topic of microplastic.
We will take beach samples to see how much the beaches of the Whitsundays are affected by plastic wast and will participate in the "Great Global Nurdle Hunt" project, helping out to tackle the world wide nurdle pollution.
We will visit the bright white sands of Whitehaven Beach and go snorkling
Snorkeling equipment will be provided free off charge, stinger suits to additional expenses.
Last but not least, we are also on vacation and the "fun factor" will not be neglected. Swimming and land excursions are just as much a part of the program!
The costs per course week are as follows :
Costs per course week per participant AUD 1'250.-
Total cost per person when booking two weeks AUD 1'950.-
Board cash contributions per week per participant (fixed) AUD 350.-
With the board cash all boat expenses are covered:
- like harbor fees,
- food and drinks (incl. alcoholic beverage) on the ship
- as well as natural park fees.
Food and drinks on land are not taken over by the board cash.
Participants pay these themselves.