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Azores Expedition 2020

Leg 1: 19.–22. August 

Leg 2: 22.–30. August

The Azores are a remote group of islands in the Atlantic at the very end of the North Atlantic Gyre. This expedition will be the second of its kind that would allow 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. We want to play an active role in contributing to a possible solution to the problem.

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. 

  • Assisting with the sampling by using the Manta Trawl system and conducting the first evaluations on board. 

  • Lectures on plastic pollution and its impact on the environment. 

  • On the island of Faial, we have the opportunity to visit the IMAR Instituto do Mar (Universidade dos Açores) and gain an insight into the projects of the local scientists. 

  • Together with a local NGO, we will do a beach clean up to see how much the beaches of the Azores are affected by plastic waste. 

  • 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!