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Greenland Climate Project - Baffin Bay, Greenland - Micro Plastics Oceasn Research Project continues its micro plastics research aboard the 42' unstayed Colvin Gazelle schooner Ault, in Baffin Bay and Matt talks about its previous research in 2013-2014.

 

The Ocean Research Project (ORP) sails for science, education and exploration in order to direct the sustainability of the oceans. they serve scientific and academic communities by providing worldwide alternative affordable and environmentally benign oceangoing data collection platforms.

They approach each project like histories great pioneers in ocean exploration, under sail with a small committed team yet outfitted with today’s efficient oceanographic technology. Additionally, they crowdsource key observations through our citizen science program geared toward recreational boaters. They investigate the ocean’s emerging threats with an emphasis on: climate change, ocean acidification, marine debris pollution, and biodiversity population concerns.

Through determination and sacrifice they reach marine environments that may otherwise go unnoticed. Through endurance we conquer.

Accomplishments:

Ocean Research Project’s data collection services support estimates for world marine debris plastic concentrations. Surveyed 20,000 miles of worldwide marine plastic debris +1000 students participated in ORP education activities since 2012

Goals:

Increase ocean research focused on the emerging ocean threats by providing an alternative affordable and environmentally benign data collection platform and offering collaborative research cruises to scientists annually. Expand ORP’s research cruise schedule into fragile and remote marine ecosystems extending into the Southern Hemisphere by operating in both hemispheres during opportune seasonal periods. They aim to empower all to act upon conserving the oceans. They do this through interactive informal education activities coordinated with schools and by developing adventure based audiovisual media.

 

Plastic Never Goes Away.

Plastic is a durable material made to last forever, yet illogically, 33 percent of it is used once and then thrown away. Plastic cannot biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. » Disposed plastic materials can remain in the environment for up to 2,000 years and longer. Source: DiGregorio, Barry E. "Biobased Performance…
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Plastic Threatens Wildlife.

Entanglement, ingestion and habitat disruption all result from plastic ending up in the spaces where animals live. In our oceans alone, plastic debris outweighs zooplankton by a ratio of 36-to-1. » Over 260 species, including invertebrates, turtles, fish, seabirds and mammals, have been reported to ingest or become entangled in plastic debris, resulting in impaired…
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