Are you are a sailor, surfer, paddleboarder,
kayaker, diver or ocean enthusiast?
You can collect ocean water samples!
We can't do this without you.
Although microplastic particles are smaller than five millimeters in size, they likely pose a massive environmental and human health risk.
Ocean researchers have found them in nearly every liter of ocean water they’ve examined, from places including Maine, Alaska, Argentina, Thailand and Antarctica. Toxins including DDT, BPA and pesticides adhere to the particles. Because they can resemble plankton, the particles are often ingested by small aquatic life. The toxins biomagnify as they move up the food chain, accumulating in birds, sea life and humans.
Microplastics have several sources: They weather from debris like drink bottles and shopping bags; they're laundered from nylon clothing; and they wash down the drain with many common cosmetics and toothpastes.
Collecting water samples worldwide, ASC is studying the sources, composition and distribution of this pollution. We plan to work with corporate partners to stop the problem at its source.