To study the medium to long-term effects of microplastics on humans and animals, OEOO has been involved for years in setting up a database on the levels of microplastic pollution in the oceans.
One Earth – One Ocean e.V.’s Microplastic Pollution Map is the first interactive world map to document the nature and extent of marine pollution through microplastics.
In order to obtain up-to-date raw data on the pollution levels with microplastic in the waters, water samples of the North Sea, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean are currently being collected regularly. OEOO has been cooperating with the shipping line OPDR from Hamburg since 2013, whose ships sail on fixed routes between Northern Europe and Africa. These samples are analyzed for their chemical composition by OEOO in their own laboratory using a FTIR spectrometer. The results flow into the OEOO database and are available to the public on this interactive world map. The association is looking for cooperation partners in order to collect data from water samples wherever possible.
Please find enclosed further information about our study results (April 2016).