This is our campaign for the ocean, a ten year program exploring pollution impact in the Bristol channel. We are networking with researchers and academia, and we are investigating our most pressing issues.
Increasing ocean literacy is critical to influence the choices we are about to make. Think ocean, always.
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Ocean literacy is the understanding of our individual and collective impact on the ocean and its impact on us.
The scope of Ocean literacy covers programmes and activities in both formal and informal education and communication, ensuring that emotional connection to the ocean and behaviour change are goals, rather than simply knowledge exchange.
Therefore, ocean literacy is a fundamental means to enhance ocean knowledge, build connections in people’s lives and support and encourage citizens and stakeholders to act in a positive way for our ocean.
Modern ocean literacy initiatives provide a way to advance sustainable practices, develop policy, promote responsible citizenship and encourage young people to be involved in the future of their planet.
So why protect our ocean? The principles of ocean literacy:
1. The ocean, and the life in it, shape the features of the Earth
3. The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate
4. The ocean makes earth habitable
5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably linked
7. The ocean is still largely unexplored
There is much to do, and creative thinking is required.
Discover more about ocean literacy and their work from our friends at the Ocean Conservation trust.
We know we have a massive ocean plastic issue and it is having a devastating impact on marine life. Every piece of plastic waste you see fluttering in a tree or at the side of the road, if it is not collected, it will find its way to a stream, then a river and then the ocean.
It can become so fragmented it ultimately becomes micro plastic and enters the food chain. This includes our food chain.
The issues are upstream. Read on below to discover how NDMP look at the science behind ocean plastic.
As ambassadors for the 5Gyres institution, we follow their protocol for data collection and analysis of plastic pollution. Using our Manta Trawl we sieve the finds and document them into classes of waste and sizes. The analysis from each collection provides insight as to the source. Over the 2021 season we are trawling zones in the Celtic Sea and Bristol Channel to find out what level of plastics and other contaminants exist on our daily tides.
An area of specific interest are the waters within the Biosphere reserve. The Bristol Channel has the second highest tidal range in the world, over ten metres in North Devon. This offers a unique insight along with specific challenges. We are looking for what directly impacts our local marine world, from the local towns to the big cities all along the North and South coasts of the Channel. Our aim is to gain a better understanding of this incredible area.
This data program is part of a global network of like-minded individuals who want to take action against plastic pollution. We share and collaborate on research, policies, and solutions. With growing numbers of groups and organisations fighting the cause, there is now significant progress being made. Data collected locally can be applied locally, inspiring targeted discussions that lead to positive action on land and water.
On Sunday 15th August 2021 the North Devon Marine Project joined together with Plastic Free North Devon to conduct a marine science survey on microplastics in the waters at Ilfracombe Harbour beach. We were also joined by the North Devon Biosphere and British Divers Marine Life Rescue to help raise awareness for ocean literacy and conservation in our local area.
Here's what we discovered, following the 5Gyres protocol for surveying the beach.
North Devon Marine are proud to support SHiFT. Created by Emily Penn, ocean advocate and eXXpedition Co-Founder. The SHiFT method is designed to help people find their role in solving the world’s most pressing issues.
For Emily, that shift led her from a career in architecture to one dedicated to solving the issue of ocean plastic pollution. The more time Emily spent at sea, the more she realised the solutions start on land.
Through her workshops, curated experiences and sailing expeditions, she’s worked with individuals, businesses and governments around the world to develop solutions, from sea to source.
She developed the SHiFT method, which is a journey of discovery to understand the crux of a problem and weigh up where we have the biggest opportunity to make an impact.
Find hundreds of solutions to plastic pollution at www.shift.how
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