A collaborative experiment tracking the movement of plastic bottles in the ocean.
© Céline James
On World Ocean Day, June 8, a collaboration of scientific institutions and ocean groups from around the world, are launching scientific monitoring devices into the ocean.
Seven devices, one for each G7 nation, are being launched into ocean currents around the G7 Summit’s Cornish venue ahead of the G7 Summit, 11-13 June 2021.
In the first project of its kind to be undertaken in the Atlantic and open ocean, seven bottles fitted with GPS trackers are being released at various points along the south coast of the UK. The bottles have been named after the G7 nations, as we call on every leader to #ListenToTheOcean and prevent climate breakdown.
Designed to mimic a single use plastic drink bottle, the tracking devices are gathering vital data to help scientists understand how plastic moves across the ocean and the potential risk it poses to marine wildlife along the way. The data will be fed into ocean observing systems and used to ground truth ocean current observations and modelling.
Follow the bottles as they journey across the ocean
The Message in a Bottle tracking project is being run by #OneLess, OneOcean, Plymouth University, Exeter University, and the Zoological Society of London.