The small fragmented plastic particles that are polluting the seas, rivers and lakes are called microplastics. Microplastics measure less than 5 millimeters, they are ingested by different animals thus entering the trophic chains, affecting their health and that of ecosystems. Because plastic does not degrade, these microplastics are floating in the water and reach the beaches and coasts, mixing with the sand and other organic material that accumulates there.
How can you participate?
The purpose of this project is to study and publicize the results to the public thereby providing fundamental information that serves to determine the scope of the problem and find solutions to it. For this, we need people who like nature and want to help us conserve it. If you are interested in participating in the study of coastal microplastics, contact us. We need volunteers committed to the conservation of the whole country.
We need information on those plastic parts that have a size between 1 mm and 25 mm. To do this, we use a simple scientific sampling protocol that you can carry out with your friends, colleagues and family. In order to be able to compare your data with that of other people in the world, we partner with the non-profit organization Just One Ocean, through its project “The Big Microplastic Survey”. This project collects information from around the world on the most frequent microplastics that are found in coastal areas of seas, lakes and rivers. In this way, using the same protocol, in addition to generating information that allows us to know what is happening with microplastics in Argentina, you will be providing information that is globally recognized, and thus promote comprehensive conservation on the planet.
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