Science to Solutions
The Pacific Plastics: Science to Solutions project brings together an international partnership, whose mission is to reduce plastic leakage in the Eastern Pacific region to conserve our oceans, protect marine wildlife and support people whose livelihoods depend on the health of this unique ecosystem. To do this, we support the development of a circular economic system for plastics through science, collaboration and citizen participation.
Galapagos sea lion © Tracy Jennings; Waste picker in Manta’s Dump, Ecuador © Mario Hidalgo; Seabird floating on plastic, Peru © Clara Ortiz Alvarez; Flightless cormorant, Andrea © Pasara Polack.
What are we doing to tackle this massive challenge?
Reducing the scale of plastic leaking into the Eastern Pacific Ocean requires a systematic approach, addressing the cycle of plastic production, consumption and waste. With grants from the UK Research and Innovation’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the private sector, a network of world-class scientists will try to make this vision a reality. Led by the University of Exeter and in collaboration with NGO & Governmental agencies from across Ecuador, Chile, Peru, The Netherlands and the UK, the network will undertake cutting edge science, engage global citizens and support local grass roots initiatives to find and implement solutions to this problem.
Highlights from the PPSS network so far
University of Exeter & Galapagos Conservation Trust
The Galapagos Microplastic research explores the presence, composition and environmental drivers of plastic contamination across the marine ecosystem at an island scale, identifying the most vulnerable vertebrate species in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands and the possible sources of plastic debris entering the archipelago.
Plastic Free Galapagos
Galapagos Conservation Trust & University of Utrecht
This project seeks to develop a predictive technology that will focus clean-up efforts and efficiently remove plastic pollution before it impacts sensitive wildlife and habitats. Combining ocean data, and using a particle tracking tool, the project will explore the sources of plastic pollution entering Galapagos.
COVID-19 lessons from the Global South
Catholic University of the North
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been extensively used, and discarded PPE has been observed in many different environments, including on tourist beaches. This research examined the distribution and densities of face masks on some of the main tourist beaches in Chile, and we monitored their daily accumulation rates on one beach in northern-central Chile.
Responsible Marine Life Manipulation
ProDelphinus’ YouTube channel seeks to provide tools and knowledge to the general public to understand how to correctly free marine life entangled in fishing nets or plastic pollution and return them to the sea while protecting the animal´s wellbeing.