'Clean Up the Arctic' research and clean up expedition preview

Removing plastic pollution from remote arctic beaches

Removing plastic pollution from remote arctic beaches

On Monday we will be casting off on a very special expedition with a special aim. During our 2018 expeditions we saw first hand the vast amounts of marine litter that washes up on pristine arctic beaches. The remote nature of these beaches poses a challenge to both the monitoring and removal of this pollution. ‘Clean Up the Arctic’ is our way of doing something about it! On board Narwhal, we have the ability to access remote beaches, the ones that it may be impossible to access on foot. From our unique ocean perspective we will be collecting data on how plastic pollution is affecting remote parts of the arctic in the Svalbard archipelago as well as playing our part in cleaning beaches at 78 degrees north.

Beluga whales, one of the arctic species that we will be working to protect. By Danny Coolahan

Beluga whales, one of the arctic species that we will be working to protect. By Danny Coolahan

Tackling plastic pollution in the arctic

Ocean micro-plastic research in the arctic

Ocean micro-plastic research in the arctic

As ocean lovers, spreading the word about both the problems affecting the arctic as well as sharing it’s beauty and need for protection, is close to our hearts. To achieve this we will be sharing all aspects of this expedition with you, from the day to day life on board an arctic expedition boat to the results of our plastic research as well as the simple wonder and joy if the arctic and it’s animals. You can help highlight the plight of the arctic by following along with the expedition, getting involved with the challenges that we will be setting our followers and of course sharing with your friends. Thanks and welcome on board!

An extra bit of motivation to protect the arctic. Let’s make sure that this is a sound the next generation will be able to hear: