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The Strandloper Project coastal research expedition hike in October 2021 is a 165km coastal research hike from Ariniston to Grotto Beach, hermanus 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.
For the 2021 coastal research expedition hike, our research team will hike approximately 165km over 13 days and will extend our taking our overall survey distance to 19% of the South African coastline.
Our team of volunteers will survey the shoreline for plastic pollution, fishing debris and snagged fishing tackle using our Dirty Dozen, Plastic Bottle, Nurdle density and incidental sighting surveys to assess the origin of plastic pollution and the threat of ghost fishing caused by plastic and fishing debris.
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 2021 Coastal Research Expedition Hike.
Expanding our Expedition data survey baselineUpdate posted by Mark Dixon at 08:25 am
On our 2021 coastal research expedition hike, we will be expanding our surveys to include a series of micro surveys and drain infrastructure mapping.Having reviewed our data from the 2019 and 2020 expeditions it was apparent that three key items had differing drift rates and distances in the ocean. The. . . . .
Report for our 2020 coastal research expedition hikeUpdate posted by Mark Dixon at 06:59 pm
We are please to release our 2020 Expedition report. While the reporting of the washed up nurdles between Storms River and Wilderness dominated our focus during the expedition, there were other valuable records that we made.Washed up plastic was mostly from a land based origin which has flowed into the. . . . .
Plans for the 2021 Coastal Research Expedition Hike forge ahead.Update posted by Mark Dixon at 10:17 am
The Strandloper Project Team are champing at the bit for the 2021 coastal research expedition hike. This year we will be surveying the tail end of the section of the coastline along which the warm Agulhas Current flows towards the southern tip of Africa.Desk top planning of the expedition projects. . . . .
Thank you for making Expedition 2020 successful.Update posted by Mark Dixon at 07:40 am
Thank you for your support of the Strandloper Project Expedition 2020. In the month of October 2020 we managed to hike and survey the coastline from Storms River to Wilderness, a distance of 205km.We managed to map the distribution of micro plastics and were the first team to report the
Expedition completed safelyUpdate posted by Mark Dixon at 09:49 am
As Expedition 2020 leader, I am pleased to report that our merry band of Strandlopers arrived safely, albeit exhausted, in Wilderness on the 13th October, completing 156km of another valuable research trek. With the threats of choke points and geological barriers on sections of the route, we only had to. . . . .