Line of action, research and dissemination on plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Sea
Leading the investigation and denouncing the presence of plastic pellets in the natural environment
Since 2018 we have been documenting the health of the Mediterranean sea through various outreach and research expeditions
Making an invisible problem visible
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. In February 2019 the organisation estimated that there could be up to 90 million pellets on La Pineda beach.
Study about the state and dynamics of pellets pollution in the Western Mediterranean
The grant received this year through the Pleamar Programme has allowed us to start an eight-month study about the state and dynamics of plastic pellets pollution in the Western Mediterranean.
The objective: Create a knowledge base about the current state of pellets pollution on the south coast of Catalonia and the north of the Balearic Islands. Obtain evidence about the dynamics of this pollution to promote the design of more efficient countermeasures to prevent this primary microplastic from reaching the sea.
A project with the collaboration of the Biodiversity Foundation, (Spanish Ministry for Ecological Transition
and the Demographic Challenge), through the Pleamar Program, co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
Interactive map of the presence of plastic pellets in the environment
PRESENCE OF PLASTIC PELLETS IN THE ENVIRONMENT The following interactive map shows all points with plastic pellets that have been identified by citizens. Do you
Share the location of plastic pellets
Have you found plastic pellets? Share the location Help us to identify points affected by plastic pellet contamination for further research! Discover the points already
Medpellets fisheries sector survey
Fisheries sector survey MEDPELLETS Loading… Medpellets is a project developed by Good Karma Projects with the collaboration of the Biodiversity Foundation (Spanish Ministry for Ecological
The impact of plastic pellets on the fisheries sector
The MEDPELLETS project was launched in early 2022 and we have been analysing the state, dynamics and impact of plastic pellet emissions in the Western
August full of kids’ workshops about microplastics by the Medpellets project
Throughthe project Medpellets, and in collaboration with the Salou City Council, we offer every Tuesday and Wednesday in August, from 18:00 to 19:00, at the
Science and gender: Introducing Good Karma’s team of female scientists
Marta Sugrañes, bióloga y oceanógrafa, realizando un muestreo de microplásticos The MEDPELLETS project gave us the opportunity to initiate an eight-month study about the state
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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