The LABPLAS Project has exciting news to share: the first week of the North Sea expedition is now complete! Despite encountering some obstacles along the way, the team of eleven researchers has made progress in their objective of collecting plastic samples from different locations in the North Sea. The expedition set sail on February 4th with the aim of evaluating the amount of plastic waste that is present in the region, and to study the ways in which it is transported by rivers and eventually reaches the North Sea, turning it into a final waste repository.
Unfortunately, the first sample collection had to be cancelled due to a storm, but the team remains committed to their mission. North Sea Plastic has developed a comprehensive sampling plan along the North European coast, from the Elbe River to the Thames River, which will enable them to gather data on the quantity and sources of plastic waste. The goal is to gain a better understanding of the environmental impact of plastic waste on the North Sea, and to work towards finding solutions to this global problem.
The team is excited to see the results of this ambitious project, and they will continue to share updates as they move forward