Plastic Pollution: Monitoring & Assessment

Despite the vast oceans, global plastic pollution is a growing issue, impacting even remote islands. Approximately 8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans each year due to rising plastic production. This course educates students about the problem’s scale, main contributors, and its impact on the ocean. Students will learn survey techniques to monitor microplastics and actively protect the reef ecosystem by removing macroplastics.

Understand the primary reasons for plastics entering the oceans and the problem of marine debris.

Be aware of ways to reduce plastic consumption and its impact on the environment.

Learn about worldwide plastic production issues and their link to environmental concerns.

Recognize how plastics can harm wildlife, particularly coral reef ecosystems.

Program Eligibility and Requirements

To join the Plastic Pollution: Monitoring & Assessment Program, participants need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Age Requirement: Applicants must be 12 years of age or older.
  2. Diver Certification: Applicants should hold certification as an Advanced diver from a recognized diving organization such as PADI, SSI, RAID, or similar. Alternatively, Open Water divers can be eligible if they have successfully completed a buoyancy appraisal under the guidance of a professional diver.
  3. Diving Proficiency: Applicants need to showcase advanced diving skills, including excellent buoyancy control and self-awareness.

Upon Enrollment in the Course, participants will be required to:

  • Attend knowledge development session
  • Perform 1 survey dive to analyse micro plastics
  • Perform 1 active collection of macro plastics
  • Complete e-Learning

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