#NOPLASTICWASTE has joined forces with Australian sailing icon Jon Sanders AO OBE as he attempts to circumnavigate the globe for an 11th time. Why? To raise awareness about the amount of plastic ending up in the world’s oceans and the devastating impact it is having on marine life and ocean lovers, like Jon Sanders himself.
Jon Sanders was the first man to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, circling the continent twice in 1981 – 1982 in his yacht, the Perie Banou. Now 80 years old, he has successfully sailed around the world 10 times.
This, however, is one of the most important circumnavigations in history. There aren’t many people more qualified than Jon Sanders to undertake the task.
The #NoPlasticWaste Voyage, supported by Minderoo Foundation, is taking place to research and assess the distribution of marine plastic debris in the southern hemisphere. Ocean water samples collected by Mr. Sanders while on his voyage will be analysed by Curtin University’s Department of Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Centre. They plan to retrieve an accurate measure for the rate at which plastic is breaking down and polluting our southern oceans.
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WHY IT’S IMPORTANT
Plastic pollution is the biggest and most imminent health and environmental threat facing our planet.
Research suggests plastic debris makes up to 95 per cent of marine pollution from land-based sources.
Marine plastic pollution not only comprises visible items, such as single-use packaging and fishing gear, but also microplastics and nanoplastics released directly into the environment or created by the fragmentation of larger items.
The best available predictions suggest that with increasing mismanagement of plastics there will be one tonne of ocean plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, the equivalent of 600 plastic bags for every 10kg fish.