"Surfing the Plastic Wave:
Reducing Surfing's Plastic Pollution Footprint"
A joint project between Wave Changer and AUSMAP (Australian Microplastic Assessment Project), to collect data on microplastics associated with surfing equipment such as, but not limited to, polystyrene foam, resin, wax and neoprene from some of Sydney’s key iconic surf beaches, in order to measure and start to understand the direct impact of the surfing industry on our local beaches and oceans. To the best of our knowledge, this is a world-first initiative.
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AUSMAP will spearhead the collection of microplastics, in conjunction with local citizen scientists, and Wave Changer. The findings from this unique program, will be disseminated through a series of digital assets and reports. In conjunction with AUSMAP, the team will roll-out a series of talks and presentations to give the local community an understanding of these findings.
1 August 2022
Project start date and official start of collection period of surfing-related debris/ microplastics at the eight beaches listed below
31 December 2022
End of microplastics collection
31 January 2023
End of sorting/analysis of microplastics data
28 February 2023
Completion of final report, digital assets, media release and all associated deliverables to support the data findings
23-26 March 2023
Present findings at the Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival, Bondi Beach, NSW.
Proposed Sites for Microplastics Collection:
- Manly Beach
- Freshwater Beach
- Curl Curl Beach
- Narrabeen Beach
- Avalon Beach
- Bondi Beach
- Maroubra Beach
- Cronulla Beach