Plastic Pollution: Monitoring & Management

In spite of the vastness of our oceans, the accumulation of marine plastics has become a worldwide issue with even the most remote islands now suffering the surge of plastics coming on to their shores. Around about 8 million tons of plastics enter our oceans annually, increasing each year as worldwide plastic production rises.

This course aims to teach students the extent of the issue, the main culprits of plastic pollution and the effects they have on the ocean environment. Students will learn various survey techniques to monitor the micro plastic crisis and partake in active protection of the reef ecosystem through macro plastic removal activities


  • This course can be completed as a land activity or snorkel. If Scuba is utilized then you must be certified as an Advanced diver under a leading diving organization (PADI, SSI, RAID, etc) or an Open Water diver who has satisfactorily completed a buoyancy appraisal with a professional diver


  • Understand the worldwide plastic production issues and how this is intrinsically linked to fast paced consumer culture
  • Understand main reasons that plastics are entering the oceans
  • Learn about why marine debris is a problem
  • Be familiar with the main sources of plastics in the oceans
  • Understand how plastics can negatively effect wildlife, especially coral reef ecosystems
  • Be familiar with the ways in which you can reduce demands on plastics


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

Expected course time is about 4 hours

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