All waterways flow into the sea
Rivers and streams not only bring water to the seas but also plastic waste. This pollution comes in the form of both macroplastics – such as torn plastic bags, sharp-edged yoghurt pots or tangled plastic string – and microplastics – that is, microparticles which are generally too small to see or touch. This plastic waste presents a risk to animals in the ocean and it enters the food chain.
Researchers can make use of increasing amounts of data on plastic litter in the world's oceans. But there are still many waterways in Germany where there is inadequate or no data about plastic waste. The “Plastic Pirates” citizen science campaign will help to fill in the gaps. Young people between 10 and 16 from Germany and Britain can take part in the campaign and have the chance to win a prize.
More information about the campaign
The collected data at a glance (German version)
Editorial Office Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans
Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25, 13355 Berlin, Germany
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