Line of action, research and dissemination on plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Sea
Leading the research and reporting of the presence of pellets in the natural environment
Surfing for Science
Citizen science project to learn about the problem of microplastics on the Catalan coast
Since 2018 we have been documenting the health of the Mediterranean through different expeditions
A pollution of great impact
Good Karma Projects has been documenting and investigating the appearance of plastic pellets on the beaches of Tarragona since 2018. Plastic pellets, also known as nurdles or mermaid’s tears, are small spheres that are used as a raw material in the manufacture of almost all plastic items. Due to their small size (normally less than 5 mm) and poor practices, pellets are often “lost” at all stages of the plastic production and distribution chain (production, transport, recycling…).
Pellet contamination in the area is recurrent and constant. En febrero de 2019 la organización estimó que podía haber hasta 90 millones de pellets en la playa de La Pineda.
Latest European report
Given the magnitude of the pollution and the irreversible damage it generates, together with Surfrider Europe we call on the European institutions to urgently adopt legal measures to regulate the activities of the plastic chain and ensure that the entire chain implements good practices . to limit and stop pellet contamination.
Surfing for Science
A citizen science project
Surfing for Science is a pioneering project in the world, of the University of Barcelona and Surfrider Foundation Europe, which aims to evaluate contamination by microplastics in the coastal area, with the collaboration of citizens who collect scientific samples while doing paddle surfing. The final objective is twofold: on the one hand, it is intended to determine the abundance and characteristics of microplastics in order to find solutions and, on the other hand, to increase the scientific culture of society in relation to plastic pollution.
Good Karma Projects takes care of the periodic samplings in La Pineda beach, Tarragona, one of the points with the highest concentration of microplastics in the entire Mediterranean. Every fortnight our team of volunteers performs these samplings with the paddleboard and the trawl blanket, and the results are sent to the laboratory of the University of Barcelona for further analysis.
Friends, sailing, surf and awareness. The Good Karma team sailed accross the Mediterranean sea on the search of microplastics. The objective of this adventure, to give visibility to the problem of plastic in our seas and to create awareness of the amount of waste that is generated and how it ends up in the sea.
The results of the expedition showed that there are 100,000 microplastics per km2, a concentration similar to that of the famous plastic islands of the Pacific.
The Good Karma Projects team has been carrying out recurring expeditions in the Mediterranean since 2018 with the aim of giving visibility to the problem of plastics in the Mediterranean through:
Visibility of the problem
Collect real data on the situation of plastic pollution, in order to give visibility to the problem.
Analysis and quantification of microplastics with Manta Trawl.
Ghost nets sighting
The Good Karma Projects ship and crew are part of the ghost net sighting flotilla of the “Ghost Fads” project of the Save the Med foundation. The project focuses on the threat posed to pelagic species by fishing devices, ropes and marine litter adrift in the open sea.
The central action of the project analyzes through telemetry and in situ studies how artifacts move and how they interact with the open ocean ecosystem. This is to identify the main risk factors to prevent this threat at its source.
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