A new partnership has formed to tackle microplastic pollution in oceans, lakes, and rivers around the globe through expanded scientific exploration. The College of the Atlantic (COA), in Bar Harbor, Maine, has joined forces with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation on their Global Microplastics Initiative.
By Carl Battreall
ASC Adventure Scientist
“You, big guy, put on vest.” said the naval officer to the American a few seats away from me. He quickly, though reluctantly, obliged, strapping on the tattered, faded orange life-vest. It is hard to ignore a military man with a rusty, semi-automatic weapon. We, about 40 people, were stuffed into a panga boat, which is essentially, an oversized skiff, and were about to cross 8 miles of rough open ocean, on our way to the quiet paradise of Little Corn Island, off the east coast of Nicaragua.
Everyone had a twinge of fear in them, except for those who blissfully ignore the news. The reason we were being watched diligently by an armed naval officer was because of the tragic event that happened a few weeks earlier.
By: Eli Allan
ASC Landmark Crew
"With each step we feel the pulse of the land. Echoes of the great herds that once roamed the high plains. We are the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation: Landmark Crew."
Landmark crews collect wildlife data year-round to inform management decisions on the American Prairie Reserve in northeastern Montana. This film from former crew member Eli Allan is a great introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the project, as well as an inside look at the experience of being a member of the Landmark crew.
From Christian Shaw of Plastic Tides:
We hiked into a remote valley on the Muliwai Trail, known as the toughest hike in all of Hawaii. Over the course of 3 days we hiked a total of 22 miles and 15,800 vertical feet carrying 60lb packs, as well as the inflatable SUP we used to paddle up river. We foraged for about half of our food, eating mostly green papaya and wild breadfruit cooked in saltwater.
See more from their epic trip in the photos below:
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