adventurers & scientists for conservation
During one of Lesley's recent trips to Guyana to study arapaima she 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 scientist has found microplastics in the vast majority of samples they've collected including Maine, Alaska, Argentina, Thailand and Antarctica.
Now the question is...will they find microplastics in the Rewa River drainage, one of the most remote and pristine ecosystems left on Earth?
Special thanks to Rewa Ecolodge for their help collecting samples.