Plastic Busters at Ocean Plastics Lab Travelling Exhibition

The Ocean Plastics Lab is an exciting exhibition about science: It showcases the contribution of science to understand and combat the problem of plastics in the ocean. The exhibition is designed as a hands-on science lab, inviting visitors to assume the role of scientists and over the course of four consecutive containers explore the extent and impact of plastics in the ocean. Plastic busters members contributed to the DETECT impacts container setup.

ECS 2017 workshop “Marine litter: an emerging cause of concern for marine mammals”

Prof. Maria Cristina Fossi, Dr. Cristina Panti and Dr. Matteo Baini, members of the Plastic Busters team, organized the workshop “Marine litter: an emerging cause of concern for marine mammals” during the European Cetacean Society (ECS) conference 2017 in Middelfart, Denmark. The main aim of the workshop was to explore the emerging issue of the impact of marine litter on several marine mammal species, combining a series of presentations focused on current knowledge on the topic, discuss on different methodologies and approaches to face the issue. It represented an opportunity for exchange and discussion to highlight current knowledge gaps.

Plastic Busters meeting on biondicator species for marine litter in the Med

Plastic Busters scientistis involved in WP2 met in Siena on 16-17 February 2017 to discuss about the current state of knowledge on marine litter impact on Mediterranean biodiversity.

During the meeting partners have discussed to identify and propose the best suitable bioindicator species for monitoring marine litter effects,to explore the best tecniques to detect presence and effects on organisms (for an harmonized protocol) and discuss about future perspectives on the issue of marine litter.

The outcomes of the meeting will be presented in the Plastic Busters meeting in a multilanguage version.