A National Citizen Science Project
Mapping microplastic pollution on Australian shorelines
AUSMAP is the first nation-wide citizen science initiative for surveying shorelines, to educate and engage students and communities and to obtain widespread reliable data on the presence of microplastic particles in Australian aquatic environments
Ocean plastic pollution is an urgent
and growing crisis on a vast scale
IT IS TIME TO TAKE ACTION
Plastic doesn’t decompose, it just gets smaller. The ocean is now awash with trillions of tiny plastic particles, which mop up toxins in the water. Plankton are ingesting these toxic particles. They in turn provide food either directly or indirectly to every other creature in the ocean, including whales, sharks, and every species of sea creature ingested by humans.
AUSMAP is an ambitious new national coalition of high profile environmental groups, universities and educators. We are gathering crucial new data about microplastic in the marine environment: how much is out there, where it is and where is it coming from? The only way we can do this is with YOUR HELP. AUSMAP citizen science activities are being developed for high schools, environmental education centres and community groups.
Together, we can ACT, LEARN and CREATE CHANGE, for healthy oceans and clean beaches.