The S.A.R.A.H. Initiative: A Citizen Science Movement In Partnership with Florida International University

Overview

It is expected that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in our ocean than fish. Marine plastic pollution is one of the most serious emerging threats to the health of oceans and a major hazard to marine biodiversity. Floating plastic can harm ecosystem nutrient cycling and marine wildlife, via ingestion and/or entanglement. Larger plastic pieces (macroplastics > 5 mm) are degraded by UV light and wave action into microplastics (<5 mm). Through sound science and impactful engagement, we can solve this global issue. DISCOVERY Yachts will deploy S,A.R.A.H. nets to collect plastics samples for analysis by our programming partner, Florida International University. SeaKeepers is encouraged by the S.A.R.A.H. Program which will unite the International Yachting Community and the Academic World in an ambitious collaboration to combat plastic pollution and conserve our oceans.

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S – Sample: With the kits and instructions provided, conduct as many net tows as possible on voyages.

A – Aggregate: After each net tow, rinse contents from net into sample filters, label and seal filters.

R – Return: After each voyage, the samples are packaged and shipped back to the SARAH program research team at FIU.

A – Analyze: Researchers will analyze the density, type, and size of plastic particles & archive in database.

H – Help: By collecting this data you will help researchers quantify and map marine plastic debris and help stakeholders end this current epidemic.

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