Clean up the Arctic expedition 2019

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Following the success of our Clean up the Arctic 2018 expedition we have even more plans for the 2019 expedition. This time we will be heading deep into the polar north, focussing our research and clean up efforts in the remote wilderness of Svalbard. During our 2018 expedition we experienced how ocean currents bring vast amounts of marine litter to wash up on pristine arctic beaches. The remote nature of these beaches poses a challenge to both the monitoring and removal of this pollution. This is where we come in! On board our expedition yacht, Narwhal, we have the ability to access remote beaches, the ones that it may be impossible to access on foot. From this unique perspective we can collect data on the problem as well as remove litter from otherwise inaccessible locations.


 

Join an arctic ocean research expedition

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You can be part of this expedition. We are looking for 4 crew members to join us onboard. You will take part in sailing the boat as well as help to conduct our scientific surveys and beach clean ups. No sailing or scientific experience is required, our crew will show you everything that you need to know about life on a scientific expedition yacht. This will all take place in the frozen wilderness of Svalbard. You should be warned that this is no beach holiday type cruise. We will be sailing past ice floes and keeping an ever watchful eye out for polar bears. But if you would like to experience this wonderful and fragile wilderness first hand whilst working to protect it we would love to welcome you onboard.

Expedition aims:

  • Conduct marine litter surveys on 9 remote, previously un-recorded beaches in Svalbard for inclusion in the Marine Conservation Association database

  • Remove marine litter from arctic beaches

  • Log marine litter in the open ocean with the University of Georgia Marine Debris Tracker project

  • Take open ocean trawl net samples to monitor microplastics in the Barent’s Sea

  • Conduct marine mammal surveying on Svalbard coasts and Barent’s Sea

  • Re-create weather measurements recorded in old whaling ship logs to illustrate climate change on a human scale

  • Plankton levels recorded for the University of Plymouth's Secci disk project

  • Use photography to share a powerful message of how plastic pollution is affecting wildlife in the polar regions.

  • Obtain unique footage and produce a documentary film of the expedition

 

 

How we tackled plastic pollution in the arctic - 2018

In July 2018 Narwhal undertook our first Clean up the Arctic Expedition. What we learnt on the trip was at one shocking and uplifting. The expedition was such a success that we have decided to undertake an even more ambitious project for Clean up the Arctic 2019. What we achieved:

  • Over 1000 items of marine litter recorded and removed from arctic beaches

  • Marine litter surveyed on 9 remote, previously un-recorded arctic beaches

  • Floating marine litter monitored with the University of Georgia Marine Debris Tracker project

  • Marine mammal surveying undertaking in Vestfjord region

  • Plankton levels recorded for the University of Plymouth's Secci disk project

  • The Adventure Itinerary a short film advocating adventure and environmental protection screen internationally at film festivals.

  • Documentary film on the issue of plastic pollution in the arctic in the pipeline

Huge congratulations to everyone who took part!

 
 

Plastic pollution in the arctic

 Marine plastic research sailing expedition

Marine plastic research sailing expedition

 Join a whale survey sailing expedition

Join a whale survey sailing expedition

  • Monitoring marine pollution with the University of Georgia Marine Debris Tracker project

  • Beach litter survey in arctic Norway

  • Monitoring and recording wildlife interactions with marine plastics

  • Producing a film to share our experiences and findings

  • Lofoten Islands beach clean - doing our bit to clean up the Arctic.

  • Marine mammal surveying, contributing sightings to WhaleMapp.

  • We will also be photographing whales for the photo-identification run by the Cascadia Research Collective, the Happy Whale project.

  • Sightings in UK waters will also be submitted to the Sea Watch foundation.

 

 
 Take part in an ocean survey sailing expedition on Yacht Narwhal

Take part in an ocean survey sailing expedition on Yacht Narwhal

 Take part in climate research on board sailing yacht Narwhal

Take part in climate research on board sailing yacht Narwhal

  • Record plankton levels with the University of Plymouth's Secci disk project

  • Record temperature and salinity data using the Surfrider Foundation's Smart Fin.

  • Make observations of cloud cover for comparison and verification of NASA satellite imagery.

  • Monitor real time snow cover for model verification with Canada's University of Waterloo as part of the SnowTweets project.