Our Scientific Research Programme provides microplastic trawls for the Big Blue Ocean Cleanup team to collect data on marine plastic pollution and raise awareness on this important issue.
The data we collect is used by businesses, governments, universities and individuals to help stop ocean pollution. Plastic debris in the environment – a problem which is drawing more and more attention. One reason for this is that plastic will never really biologically degrade and disappear from our environment but become so called Microplastic. Microplastics are small particles ranging from 1μm to 5mm. Tons of those particles get into our natural waters and end up in our oceans.
Up to now it is not yet fully understood what physical and chemical impacts microplastic is having on any kind of living organisms. We use our nets for microplastic sampling and a tool to separate microplastic particles from sediment samples. This is based on the density separation method.