Strandloper Project Expedition 2021 is a research trek from Blombos Nature Reserve and Pearly Beach via Cape Agulhas in the Southern Cape, South Africa.
This will be our third research expedition to survey plastic pollution and fishing debris along the coastline.To date we have hiked 415km between Stroms River and Blombos Nature Reserve, approximately 14% of the South African coastline.
This year our expedition team will hike approximately 220km taking our survey distance to over 20% of the South African coast.
Our team of volunteers will survey the shoreline for plastic pollution, fishing debris and snagged fishing tackle to assess the origin of plastic pollution and the threat of ghost fishing.
Survey data collected on Expedition 2021 will compliment our dataset of the previous expeditions and will be able to provide a comprehensive overview of waste management and fishing activities and can be applied for management processes by municipalities, conservation organizations and regional conservancies to protect marine biodiversity.
Funding raised on this platform will contribute to logistics and data analysis for our Expedition 2021.