The Big Microplastic Survey
The idea for the project was conceived by David Jones, CEO and Founder of Just One Ocean, a UK registered charity that promotes research and the protection and conservation of our oceans. David is a conservationist and speaker and having worked with The Plastic Oceans Foundation for nine years, has a wealth of knowledge on marine plastic issues and solutions. One of the biggest issues we face is microplastics.Find out more about microplastics
In March 2018 we conducted the first of our microplastic surveys using volunteers to gather the data as part of a University of Portsmouth research project. This was undertaken at the entrance to Chichester Harbour on the south coast of the United Kingdom in March 2018.Find out more about the Chichester Harbour Survey
We were amazed at the number of people who were willing to take part in the data collection process. We realised that the majority of microplastic data collection was being conducted by scientists and while that work remains as important as ever, the drawback was the amount of data they could feasibly collect within any given time frame. We decided that a citizen science project could add valuable information to the work already being undertaken by scientists even potentially enhance it.