Satilla Riverkeeper partners with MAREX/Sea Grant to sample microplastics
Volunteers will begin sampling for microplastics in the water at 3 coastal sites in the Satilla River watershed. From initial research at the Skidaway Institute of Oceanagraphy, researchers have learned that microplastics are everywhere in our coastal environments--water, sediments, and in organisms.
We will filter water samples through 3 sized filters, the smallest is 53 microns. This will catch any microplastic pieces or fibers, and scientists at Skidaway will process our samples, determining the prevalence of microplastics in our waters.
How can we stop trash and plastics pollution?
Reduce the amount of waste you produce. Reuse items whenever possible. Choose reusable items over disposable ones. Recycle as much as possible. Redesign to make items last longer. Remove from the environment (coastal clean-ups). Globally: Improve waste management, environmental education and recycling facilities on a global scale.
“The only way to manage the marine debris pollution issue is through prevention—changing behaviors that cause marine debris to enter the environment.” - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration