COMMUNITY SCIENCE PILOT PROJECT
The study resulted in the most extensive microplastic pollution dataset on British Columbia shorelines.
81% of plastic particles found on beaches in the Greater Victoria Region were foam, primarily polystyrene.
The greatest number of microplastics were found at beaches surrounded by marinas, relative to those that were not.
COMMUNITY SCIENCE TOOLKIT
The collaboration resulted in a Community Science Toolkit which offers:
Science-based educational resources on microplastic pollution and STEM
Microplastic field sampling procedures
New microplastic imaging technology
Open-access data portal for data sharing and visualization
The Toolkit can be used by communities and schools around the world to collect microplastic pollution data, which can be used to inform local solutions while contributing to global microplastic data sets.