Plastic and microplastic litter is an emerging and concerning issue for Victorians, particularly those living near coastal and marine environments. It is harmful to marine life such as birds, sharks, turtles and marine mammals and may cause injury or death through drowning, entanglement, internal injuries, or starvation following ingestion.
This citizen science project, led by Sustainability Victoria in partnership with EPA Victoria and Melbourne Water engaged volunteers and scientists in a whole-of-catchment collaborative research project to better understand the sources and impacts of microplastics in Port Phillip Bay.
Citizen science is research conducted, in whole or in part, by non-professional scientists and is often described as "public participation in scientific research".
This project included the following stages:
Supporting SV, EPA Victoria and Melbourne Water to deliver this project are the Port Phillip EcoCentre, Tangaroa Blue and RMIT University.
SV thanks the following groups for actively participating in collecting sand samples: Werribee River Association, Werribee Riverkeeper, Port Phillip EcoCentre, Port Phillip Baykeeper, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts, USA), Frankston Beach Patrol, and the Rye Foreshore Advisory Group.
23 December 2019 – This citizen science project engaged volunteers and scientists in a whole-of-catchment collaborative research project to better understand the sources and impacts of microplastics in Port Phillip Bay.