The project will be carried out using an eco-friendly oceanographic vessel that will cover the whole Mediterranean basin over a period of three months. The ship will also touch keys areas in the Mediterranean basin characterized by different anthropogenic impact.
The ship, which will house researchers from various Mediterranean countries, will also represent an opportunity for interaction with stakeholders in the main harbors touched. The route, the state of scientific activities and dissemination events carried out by the vessel will be published on a dedicated website.
In order to solve the gap of need of sensitive indicators of plastic debris in Mediterranean environment sentinel organisms have been selected and will be monitored during the expedition in order to detect content and effects of marine litter in different ecological compartments. All sampling and monitoring activities reported below will be carried out during the Plastic Busters expedition.