Pure Ocean’s mission is to support scientific research for ocean protection. Our scientific committee, chaired by Françoise Gaill, has studied hundreds of applications from all over the world and selected innovative ocean research programs, responding to major current and future environmental challenges. Below is a summary of the first of the 4 projects that have been selected for funding in 2021.
MicroPOW: Building a complete understanding of how microplastics affect the physiology of wildlife
Microplastics (< 5 mm) are a real scourge for both terrestrial and marine wildlife. These tiny fragments penetrate organs, accumulate in tissues and can even enter cells. By adopting a unique transdisciplinary approach, the MicroPOW project studies the biological consequences of microplastic exposure, from the cellular level to the whole organism. Shearwaters of Lord Howe Island (Australia) will be examined as model-species and compared according to their level of microplastic ingestion, with results applicable to humans.