THE BIG MICROPLASTIC SURVEY

Citizen science providing an insight to microplastic origins

GATHERING IMPORTANT DATA

Recorded data will help establish how we can reduce plastic pollution

CITIZEN SCIENCE RESEARCH

SURVEY BEACHES FOR MICROPLASTIC CONTENT

Sand collecting for microplastic survey
Ladies look for microplastic
Magnifying glass microplastics

We recently implemented this great citizen science project into our training and marine conservation internships because it fits so well with our other projects.

Since we started, we have expanded our surveys to other beaches around our island to continue to provide more data for The Big Microplastic Survey.⠀

This survey is a collaboration between the University of Portsmouth and Just One Ocean to undertake further research into plastic pollution and how many Microplastic fragments are now part of our environment.

HOW DOES IT WORK ?

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Plan the Survey

We decide on our survey location with consideration for tides and weather. Being unbiased about location is also key for us to gather an overall picture.

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Undertake Survey

Using the protocols set by The Big Microplastic Survey, we gather samples of sand along a transect, along with location data, and head to the nearest cafe.

Analyse Samples

Photograph and examine the samples for microplastic fragments, which will be categorized and retained for further research.

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Submit Data

Once all the data has been noted, its time to submit the data online.
We also send the fragments, for further analyse.

WHY DO WE CONDUCT MICROPLASTIC SURVEYS ?

Volunteers examining Microplastics

Microplastics are part of our lives. We cannot escape that. What we do need to figure out is how damaging these fragments are to our health and environment.

By conducting these surveys of this hidden danger, we can get good quality research data, and a realization of the huge impact of plastic pollution.

Its also a great opportunity to spend some time on the beach taking part in this exciting project with friends or making some new ones.

Lets find those pesky pieces of plastic together!

MICROPLASTIC FACTS

 Microplastics are found everywhere on our planet.

They are in the fish you eat, the water you drink.

Some surveys have suggested that we inhale over 100,000 microplastic specks every single day.

It is estimated that up to 51 trillion microplastic particles are in the surface waters around the planet, an unimaginable amount of plastic in our seas and riverways that could potentially cause harm to us and the marine ecosystem.

Microplastic survey tools

GET INVOLVED !

A team examining microplastics
Washing Microplastic samples
Close up of Microplastics

During an internship, you will learn how to conduct regular Microplastic Surveys, taking home the ability to continue to contribute to a great citizen science project.

Microplastic Surveys are also great to get outdoors, getting to know people and meet some new Microplastic buddies.!

Check out our marine conservation internships and dive based research too, and jump into the world of Marine Conservation.

Even if you have no experience in diving, or marine conservation but always felt a passion for our environment. 

We can get you started with our scuba diving programs and internship positions.

GET MORE INFO !

If you have questions, about any of our projects, citizen science, research, volunteering, internships or training.

Please get in touch with us!

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