• 22-JAN-2018

  • Hong Kong

VNR: Microplastic particles found in Antarctic waters - from the Ocean Summit in Hong Kong

From the Hong Kong Ocean Summit 

VNR: Microplastic particles found in Antarctic waters
Includes interviews in English with:
Sam Barratt, Chief of Public Advocacy & Communications, United Nations Environment
Ms Daisy Lo, Assistant Director of Environmental Protection - Environment Bureau
Stuart Templar, Director of Sustainability, Volvo Cars

Additional interviews
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Microplastic particles have been found in the oceans close to Antarctica, data collected during the Volvo Ocean Race has revealed. 

The new data comes from the Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme, funded by Volvo Cars. Scientists analysed water samples, gathered at points during Leg 2 of the Race, between Lisbon and Cape Town and Leg 3 from Cape Town to Melbourne.

The groundbreaking results, announced at the Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong Ocean Summit, found microplastics in the Southern Ocean close to the Antarctic Ice Exclusion Zone.

Compared to other Oceans the number of microplastic particles was small however, four microplastic particles per cubic metre were still found.

Over one million microplastic particles per square kilometre of ocean were found in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, west of Cape Town, South Africa.And on the third leg of the race, one and a half million microplastic particles per square kilometre of ocean were discovered east of South Africa. In Australian waters, close to Melbourne, one million microplastic particles per square kilometre of ocean were found.

The tiny particles of plastic, which break down from larger pieces such as single-use plastic bottles, were collected by Race team ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ during the round the world race.

Read the full press release here.


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