192 volunteers and more than 1,930,600 plastic pellets collected at Good Karma Days

On 24 and 30 April more than 192 volunteers joined the Good Karma Day in Playa Cavallería (Menorca) and in La Pineda (Tarragona) in a citizen science action to help us carry out macrosampling of plastic pellets.

Volunteers at Cavalleria Beach Menorca Good Karma Day
Volunteers on Playa Cavallería on 24 April. Photo by Xavi Menoca.
Volunteers on the beach of La Pineda (Vila-Seca) on 30 April.
Volunteers on La Pineda (Vila-Seca) on 30 April. Photo by Anna Lofi.

These two events to raise awareness and disseminate information about the problem of plastic pellets in the Mediterranean, were organised in collaboration with Vila-seca Town Hall, Surfrider Foundation Europe and Per la mar Viva. They will help to obtain relevant information to understand the status, dynamics and impact of plastic pellet pollution in the Western Mediterranean.

In 2 days and in just 2 hours each day, a total of approximately 100,600 pellets in an area of 60m2 in Playa Cavalleríaand1,830,000 pellets in an area of 200 m2 on La Pineda, thereby achieving a new world record.

These results will serve as data to quantify the number of pellets found in the accumulation zone of the beaches of Menorca and Tarragona, and therefore, to continue discovering and studying the true impact and extent of this pollution.

Macro-sampling of pellets on Cavalleria beach on 24 April
Macro-sampling of pellets on Cavalleria beach on 24 April
Macrosampling of pellets on Playa Cavalleria on 24 April. Photo by Xabi Menorca.
Macro-sampling of pellets on the beach of La Pineda (Vila-Seca) on 30 April.
Macro-sampling of pellets on the beach of La Pineda (Vila-Seca) on 30 April.
Macrosampling of pellets on La Pineda (Vila-Seca) on 30 April. Photo by Anna Lofi.

In addition to the macro-sampling of pellets, awareness-raising activities for all ages were held on La Pineda, such as upcycling workshops with the artist Visual Gallus (Jordi Llort Figueroa)  and didactic talks with Surfrider Foundation Españawho presented the programme Coastal Defenders and the pellet issue at European level  thel Marine Geosciences Research Group of tUniversitat de Barcelona talked to us about the citizen science project Surfing for Science, on the other hand, the Tecnatox Research Group (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)  presented the study on microplastics of the coast of Tarragona, MITERD – RAMPE showed us marine protected areas such as the Mediterranean cetacean corridor, Ferran Aguilar presented the photography book La Tortuga Marina de La Pineda and finally Jaume Folch was exhibiting his work La Mar de Tarragona.

Talk with Surfrider Foundation Spain about the Coastal Defenders programme and the pellet issue at European level
Talk with Surfrider Foundation Spain about the Coastal Defenders programme and the pellet issue at European level. Photo by Anna Lofi.

Thanks to all the volunteers and collaborators who joined the Good Karma Day, actions like these are very important to give visibility to this problem that has gone unnoticed for a long time.

And what about you? Will you join us for action? Now you too can get involved and help us to identify other locations around the country affected by this type of pollution.

MEDPELLETS

Free action co-financed by the FEMP.

MEDPELLETS is a project developed by Good Karma Projects with the collaboration of the Biodiversity Foundation, of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, through the Pleamar Programme, co-financed by the FEMP.

Cooperating entities in the conference:

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PER-LA-MAR-VIVA
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Ajuntament de Vila-seca
Associació Per la Mar Viva
Surfrider Foundation España