Ocean plastic highlighted in new report
‘Disappearing Nature’ Mariele Neudeckers ‘Dark years away’ video installation at Gallery 8 April 30th 2014, photo Noah Da Costa
This article in the Guardian highlights how plastic has found its way into the deep sea – a theme explored by Mariele Neudecker’s current work ‘Dark Years away’ created with Professor Alex Rogers marine biologist at Oxford University and currently showing as part of ‘Disappearing Nature’ devised with Synchronicity earth and curated by Invisible Dust and Monica Chung.
Disappearing Nature 10-6pm till Sat 3rd May at Gallery 8, Duke St London SW1.
Scientists used video and trawl surveys to take nearly 600 samples from 32 sites in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans and the Mediterranean Sea, from depths of 35 metres to 4.5 kilometres. They found rubbish in every Mediterranean site surveyed, and all the way from the continental shelf of Europe to the mid-Atlantic ridge, around 2,000km from land.
Plastic was the most common type of litter found on the seafloor, accounting for 41%, while rubbish associated with fishing activities (discarded net and fishing lines) made up 34%. Glass, metal, wood, paper and cardboard, clothing, pottery and unidentified materials were also documented.
udy was led by the University of the Azores, and is a collaboration between the Mapping the Deep Project led by Plymouth University and the Hermione Project, coordinated by the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton’.