Microplastic Research with IMPLAMAC
In collaboration with the University of La Laguna on Tenerife and the IMPLAMAC project, we are collecting sediment samples, which are analysed quantitively and qualitatively for microplastics and associated contaminants. The scope of this project spans across the entire Macaronesian archipelago (Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Cape Verdes) and is therefore the most comprehensive study ever done on microplastics in this region.
We collect sediment samples from various beaches around La Palma at least quarterly and participants are always welcome to join us on these outings (no prior scientific training needed).
Marine Biodiversity Research
The lack of reliable longterm datasets on species' population trends is one of the greatest challenges scientists and policy makers face. By contributing our sightings to established citizen science databases, like REDPromar on the Canary Islands, we help to start filling these gaps. Species of particular interest include Chondrichthyans (sharks, rays and chimaera), protected species (e.g. the Spotted Burrfish Chilomycterus reticulatus) and invasive species (e.g. the Bluespotted seabream Cephalopholis taeniops).
We are currently working on a new project proposal at local level. More information will follow shortly.
Ocean Literacy Project with the EU Maritime Forum
Protecting the marine environment goes hand in hand with environmental literacy and a personal connection with the natural world. In an increasingly urbanised and digitalised world, the majority of the human population has become disconnected from the natural environment.
The EU4Ocean Platform, in collaboration with the EU Maritime Forum, provides a hub for stakeholders to develop joint strategies and networks with the aim to improve our approach to ocean literacy. As a founding member, our role is to engage with other stakeholders and initiatives, share our knowledge with each other and improve our understanding of how direct ocean experiences affect nature connection and ocean literacy.
Supporting our Research
Every research project incurs substantial costs, usually involving scientific equipment, transport and administration. You can support our research projects by joining us on a snorkel and skin diving experience here on La Palma. If you would like to make a contribution from further afar or sponsor a specific project, please feel free to contact us or use our verified Paypal page. We are immensely grateful for each and every contribution.