Clean up the Arctic expeditions 2019

Watch our 2018 Clean Up the Arctic expedition in Norway

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. Due to the huge demand we are excited that this year we will be extending our arctic ocean survey and clean up work to two expeditions.

 

Clean up the arctic - svalbard

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Dates: 7th - 22nd July

Start and end point: Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Crew availability: Fully Booked

Expedition aims:

Plastic pollution in the arctic

Plastic pollution in the arctic

  • Conduct marine litter surveys on 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

  • Sample microplastics with trawl net samples

  • Conduct marine mammal surveying on Svalbard coasts

  • Measure plankton levels with 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.

 

Clean up the arctic - Barent’s Sea crossing

Dates: 7th - 22nd July

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Start and end point: Longyearbyen, Svalbard to Tromsø, Norway ~500nm offshore arctic ocean passage

Crew availability: 1 place remaining

Expedition aims:

  • Conduct marine litter surveys on remote, previously un-recorded beaches in Svalbard and Norway

  • Remove marine litter from arctic beaches

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

  • Sample microplastics in the open ocean of the Barent’s Sea

  • Conduct marine mammal surveying on Svalbard coasts and during the ocean crossing

  • Measure plankton levels with 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.

 

 

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!