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Plankton and Plastic Ocean Expedition

Biology citizen science Education Environment

Written by Maria Li

We worked with the students of the Lingnan University on a Plankton and Plastic Ocean Expedition. Over 1 day boat trip in Sai Kung, students learned about

  • Citizen Science
  • Biology
  • Bamboo spitting
  • Scientific Tool Design
  • Rapid Prototyping

and

  • Team working
  • Leadership
  • Creativity

First, see the results: some creative designs and interesting observations! Only in one day! By students with almost no prior experience. Well done ladies and gents.  

Find out more detailed documentation from our instructables: 

https://www.instructables.com/id/Plankton-Microplastic-Drag-Net/

We encourage the use of eco materials such as bamboo to make the net design.

 

We found 2-3 zooplanktons. We took microscopic images and upload them for identification on iNaturalist.

Observation #1: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26446398

Observation #2: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26446399

Observation #3: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26447099

Observation #4: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/26447316

Apart from zooplankton, we also found algae, debris of shell, insect wing and plastic thread.

 

Here are some of the pictures of the expedition:

We planned to take sample from 2 different routes. One near the coast (Red line), another one further away from coastline (Blue line). Each route have 5 checkpoints.

     

 

 



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