Citizen science

Many boats sail in areas where no samples has been taken. They represent a precious source for data collection.

In order to provide efficient and up to date information on the progression of plastic pollution, Oceaneye coordinates a network of actors which role is critical to widen the knowledge about marine debris. Three fundamental protagonists are involved in the evaluation of marine debris pollution:

Eco-volunteers: Oceaneye equips a fleet of volunteer sailing ships for the collection of samples during their voyages. Oceaneye provides the material and the scientific protocols for the sampling, train and support the team and organizes the sampling campaign. Click here to know more about the sailing ships involved in our cause.

The research team:  Oceaneye works in collaboration with the scientific community to promote new research projects, analyze the collected samples and publish the results once the work is approved.

The Non- Governmental Organizations: Oceaneye collaborates with the UN-environment to share data on the database of their platform and the related documents they provide.

This participatory approach was chosen by Oceaneye to optimize and maximize its efforts in the fight against plastic pollution and to minimize the expensive costs of running such activities. In theory there’s no limitation to this method but following our experiences, we know it requires a great organization and coordination in order to provide reliable data and information to support the scientific research. As fundamental are all the efforts to keep high the motivation of our amazing volunteers that every year offer their contribution to our cause.

Enthusiastic young volunteers participating to Oceaneye sampling campaign.

A sample after analysis in the lab. Photo credit: Arnaud Conne.

A sample collected by a volunteer in the Mediterranean Sea

Distribution map of microplastics in the ocean by Oceaneye.

In 2015 Oceaneye published a scientific paper in collaboration with the team of Dr. De Alencastro from the EPFL on the plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Sea. Click here to find our article.

To access a map showing the plastic distribution in the ocean provided by Oceaneye click here