All waterways flow into the sea
Everything that lands in streams and rivers can be washed into the seas and oceans – plastic waste for example. It endangers animals and finds its way into the marine food chain. We have therefore invited "Plastic Pirates" to undertake a scientific expedition in May or June 2017. Just like real scientists they explored the waterways to find, count and document macroplastics – such as the remains of plastic bags, discarded plastic bottles or tangled fishing lines – and microplastics, which are barely visible microparticles.
The presence of plastic waste in German waterways is largely unexplored. Our citizen science project "Plastic Pirates – The Sea Begins Here!" designed for young people between 10 and 16 is helping to close this gap in knowledge.
Travel to Germany for free and go on a bilingual environmental expedition
The research period was from the 1st of May until the 30th of June. The groups document their results on a digital map of Germany. Attention UK schools! The costs of the first ten classes to plan a research trip to their partner school in Germany will be refunded.
Editorial Office Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans
Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, 13355 Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30 81 87 77-166
Fax: +49 30 81 87 77-125
Office hours: Mon to Fri 9 am to 1 pm and 2 to 6 pm (UTC+1)