aeolian islands 2022

LEG 1: 24.sept–01.oct, tonnarella - milazzo

LEG 2: 01.oct-08.OCT, milazzo - tonnarella

The Archipelago of the Aeolian Islands is a UNESCO world heritage and consists of seven astonishing and unique islands off the northern coast of Sicily. Lipari, Panarea, Vulcano, Stromboli, Salina, Alicudi, and Filicudi, all of them blessed by a savage beauty emerging from an uncontaminated sea, created by still-active volcanoes (Stromboli and Vulcano). The Islands are a popular tourist destination in the summer and attract up to 600,000 visitors annually also producing a big amount of plastic litter that can / will end up in the Mediterranean sea.

This expedition is a collaboration with Dr. Teresa Romeo, director and leader of the marine plastic pollution section of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn Sicily. Together with the support of a marine biologist from her group, we will collect surface water microplastic samples around the Aeolian islands and combine the data with fish ingested microplastic data collected by the local fishermen to see the connection between the microplastic floating and the impact it has on the ecosystem. 

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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 share 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. 

  • We will have each week marine biologist from the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn on board, helping us out with the sampling and also giving hands-on insight into their work

  • We will visit the Aeolian islands and get the chance to go snorkeling among the hydrothermal underwater vents

  • 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 boat:

Dufour 460 Grand Large


Year                             2017

Length                    13.50m

Breadth                    4.35m

Draught                    2.30m

Berth                                 8

Cabines                            4

Engine                 55.16kW

Fuel                              250l


The costs per course week are as follows:

Costs per course week per participant:  


Non-students CHF  1'750.- 

Students         CHF  1'250.-

Total cost per person when booking two weeks: 


Non-students CHF 3'150.-

Students         CHF 2'250.-


Included in the price are

  • Shared room

  • Food, drinks (all-inclusive)

  • Board cash contributions (fixed) including harbor fees, diesel, marine park fee, cleaning, etc.

  • Carbon footprint removal, CO2 emission removal for the diesel exhaust gases produced 


Not included in the price are 

  • Food and drinks on land are not taken over by the board cash. Participants pay these themselves.


  • You don't need to have a scientific background

  • No sailing skills are necessary


*The expedition will only take place if there are enough participants. The possible realization of the expedition will be communicated at least one month before the start.


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