Back on the waters!

Citizen Science

A beautiful day

Just a few pictures!

On June 26 and 27, a total of 40 brand new Ocean Ambassadors boarded the Store Baelt for the first The Ocean Movement plastic expedition after the lock-down. We will share their stories in the coming weeks.

Our house photographer Marieke den Ouden took lots of pictures throughout the day; this is just a modest selection!

Throwing out the Manta Trawl

To measure the concentration of (micro-) plastics, we sample the surface water with the Manta Trawl, our research net.

The Manta Trawl in action

During this expedition the Manta trawl trawled the surface water for 33 minutes, in which we covered a distance of about 3.1 km.

Analyzing the results

The sample contained 2112 particles of plastic per square km. On average, we find 3633 particles per square kilometer in the Wadden Sea.
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More numbers

We have been conducting this kind of research since 2016. The sample contained 2112 particles of plastic per square km. On average, we find 3633 particles per square kilometer in the Wadden Sea. In total, we have now taken 112 samples. Most of our samples were taken in the Wadden Sea, the North Sea, the Baltic Sea, the Channel, the Atlantic Ocean and various Dutch inland water bodies. In 94% of these samples we found plastic.

Read the full article on our Facebook page 

 

“Seeing all that plastic makes you think. It makes a stronger impact than any scientific article.” ~ Isa de Laat in De Telegraaf (in Dutch, link to article above)

How can you too support The Ocean Movement?

First of all; we are happy to inform you we will organize or next expedition in October. Sign up here.

Want to do more or something else, here are some ideas.

  • Shop via Doelshop where a % of your purchases will go directly to our foundation without you having to pay extra.
  • Bring all your friends and family to the ‘Move for the Ocean’ event on September 4!
  • Looking for plastic-free products? Buy them at our partners Ecomondo or No Nasties.
  • Would you like to volunteer with us? We are still looking for Ocean Ambassadors with knowledge of fundraising, accounting, and much more.
  • Inspire and motivate your family and friends around you to be more plastic conscious. Every little bit helps!
  • Follow us on social media to stay up to date on our collaborations and events.

Check out the full list of what you can do.

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