Observatory of Marine Anthropogenic Litter

Observatory of Marine Anthropogenic Litter

Observatory of Marine Anthropogenic Litter 1920 1080 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Universidade Federal do Pará-UFPA – Brazil

The present proposal comes to combat marine pollution, through the creation of the Observatory of Marine Anthropogenic Litter (Observatório do Lixo Antropogênico Marinho – OLAMAR), in order to understand the dynamics and effects of marine anthropogenic litter (MAL), as well as characterize and evaluate ghost fishing and promote the democratization of information produced in this proposal.

In the region of the estuary of the Amazon River, solid litter presents direct interaction with the local biota, through ghost fishing, promoting negative impacts, resulting in health problems and even the death of the organisms. Disciplines in the environmental area can also establish relationships with those in education, thus promoting awareness among different social groups. Additionally, OLAMAR will offer an innovative perspective, creating a data base as a scientific support for studies/research in search of a solution to this problem on the Brazilian Amazon coast.

This project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme The Global Environment Monitoring System for the Ocean and Coasts (GEMS OCEAN).

Start date: 04/01/2023
End date: 31/03/2026

Lead Contact: Marcus Fernandes (mebf@ufpa.br)

challenges: Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity, Skills, knowledge and technology for all, Understand and beat marine pollution
ocean_basins: South Atlantic Ocean
type_of_action: Project

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