Time to gear up for the Strandloper Project Expedition 2020.
Following our inaugural research expedition between Blombos and Wilderness last year, this year we will be hiking from Nature’s Valley to Wilderness in October.
As we finalize plans, the excitement of the challenging coastline fueled by enthusiasm of both participants and supporters, we have an inclination that it is going to be epic.
Continuing our research protocol of surveying washed up plastic pollution and fishing debris using CyberTracker, our core aim is to get a holistic view of the extent of the threat to future marine ecology in the GardenRoute.
Our daily surveys will include
- Dirty Dozen survey,
- Plastic bottle survey, and
- Incidental surveys.
The expeditions core objective is to survey the Southern Cape coastline to map plastic pollution and fishing debris that have washed up on the shoreline.
With this information it is possible to determine the source of the plastic (ocean or terrestrial) and use the data to suggest where terrestrial plastic is leaching into the ocean.
We also conduct autopsies on washed up birds to determine if they have ingested plastic or fishing gear.
We plan to do a daily dive survey to compare recreational fishing tackle snag rates with our fixed survey sites at Gericke’s Point, Paquita Wreck and Kingfisher Creek. These will be weather dependent.
Meet the Team.
This year our core team will have six members again. Unfortunately we had to bid farewell to Louw Classens as she has accepted a research post in Palau. Stepping into her position is Pam.
In preparation for the expedition we have all been out and about honing our hiking skills and fitness for the epic route in October.
After the hurdles that have defined 2020 we have finally managed to set our dates for our 2020 Coastal Research Expedition. We will start hiking from Nature’s Valley on the 2nd October and finish in Wilderness on the 12th October, and estimated final distance of 185km.
Thanks for the Support
2020 has been a challenge for many, yet despite the hardships we have been overwhelmed by the support that we have received to make this expedition happen.
To those who have already pledged their support for Expedition 2020, a huge thank you, and to those that still want to assist, let’s make this another successful research expedition.
Follow our Expedition
For more details about Expedition 2020 check out our Website and follow us on our social media platforms.
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Pledge Your Support
You can assist the Strandloper Project in their efforts to conserve marine biodiversity by making a donation on our Crowd Funding platform.