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MICROPLASTICS COMMUNITY SCIENCE
PILOT PROJECT

 

THE PROJECT

In partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Ocean Diagnostics is piloting a microplastic community science project in the Greater Victoria Region of Vancouver Island. 

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From April to November 2021,  local volunteers used new Ocean Diagnostics' developed technologies and protocols to gather microplastic samples from 10 different beaches around Victoria, BC. The samples were the sent to the Ocean Diagnostics lab where our team is analyzing them using our Saturna imaging system and lab capabilities

 

THE DATA

To understand the threat of plastic pollution and influence informed decision making, scientists need lots of data on the source, transportation and fate of microplastics in our environment.  
Through citizen science programs, the public can play an active role in collecting this important information.

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These processes can teach us things like the abundance, types and sources of plastics in our communities.

The findings will be published in a national report and set the stage for further citizen science projects to collect important data.  

 

THE RESULTS

When the analysis is complete, Ocean Diagnostics will release a public report on the findings. Subscribe to receive updates and announcements.

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START A PROJECT

Interested in starting a community science project in your school or community?