adventurers & scientists for conservation
During a trip to Guyana to study arapaima, conservation biologist Lesley de Souza collected water samples from the remote Rewa River for Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation's Microplastic Project and wrote about her experience for their Field Notes Blog.
Microplastic particles, which are smaller than five millimeters in size, likely pose a massive environmental and human health risk when they enter our natural waterways. ASC's goal is to compile a comprehensive microplastics dataset and use that information to effect change, turning off the inputs of microplastics pollution at their source. Their partner scientists have found microplastics in the vast majority of samples they've collected including Maine, Alaska, Argentina, Thailand and Antarctica.
Special thanks to Rewa Ecolodge for their help collecting samples.