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Maybe Sailing is extremely proud to have been a part of the Sail Against Plastic Research project in Svalbard. Take a look at the video produced by the group of scientists, artists, film makers and photographers on board.
The threats mounting against the World’s oceans are immense: from floating rafts of plastic the size of small countries, to rising temperatures bleaching entire reefs in a matter of years. If we don’t act soon, we will risk losing a world that we’re only just beginning to understand.
Pollution is a major player amongst the myriad of threats: plastics, toxic chemicals, noise and many other sources. These all present an acute threat to living organisms, from animals becoming entangled or accidentally mistaking discarded waste as their next meal, to background noise preventing communication in animals like dolphins and whales.
Did you know?
around 8 million pieces of plastic are currently entering our oceans every single day
a recent study estimates that 90% of seabirds carry around 10% of their body weight in plastics
Plastic pollution can now be found on every beach in the World, and microplastics have even been found in the Arctic sea ice
A plastic bottle can last for 450 years in the marine environment
Plastic production and use has not slowed down since these findings with more and more single use disposable plastic used around in the world on a daily basis.
We believe it to be an issue of what is not visible. The problem is that a lot of this pollution isn’t particularly obvious to us, even though its effects on the marine world can be disastrous.
Only 1% of plastics actually end up on the ocean surface, for example. We still don’t know where the other 99% goes – although tiny fragments called ‘microplastics’ likely end up settling on the sea floor, in the water column, in sea creatures or on our beaches.
The effects of this so-called non-visible pollution on marine life, as well as its concentration and distribution, presents a major gap in our scientific knowledge. This is especially true in remote regions such as the Arctic ocean, where the focus of most research has primarily been on the impacts of Climate Change.
That’s where we – and more importantly, you – come in.