Microplastics in Maltese Waters - A Collaborative Approach
Updated: Apr 25, 2021
In recent years, plastic pollution has received international attention as an emerging issue due to its persistence, ubiquity, and toxic potential. It takes more than 400 years for plastic to break down … but when it breaks down the problems do not go away. Plastic debris can come in all shapes and sizes, but those that are LESS than five millimetres in length (or about the size of an ant) are called “microplastics.” Aquatic organisms can easily mistake microplastics for food. Research is being conducted, however, there is still much we do not know about microplastics.
MCAST, AquaBioTech Group and Żibel have teamed up together to work on IMPACT - Identifying Microplastic Hotspots in the Maltese Waters. By identifying key microplastic hotspots in our waters we will be filling a vital knowledge gap. This knowledge will serve to better understand the distribution and potential impact of microplastics and potentially aid in identifying mitigation measures. Additionally, the development of a monitoring protocol will pave the way to a standardised monitoring technique which could be adopted by various stakeholders. Through the collaborative approach adopted in this project, stakeholders will be involved in the conversation on the extent of the problem, how this could impact their industries and how best to monitor and mitigate it.
IMPACT promotes the safeguarding of our natural environment. It is our moral obligation to protect the environment from pollution and other activities that lead to environmental degradation. As Dame Jane Goodall once said “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what kind of a difference you want to make.”