VNR Ocean Summit - New data reveals microplastics in world’s remotest ocean




18 May 2018


Newport, RI, United States



The Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme found levels of plastic in areas of the Southern Ocean that have never before been tested.
The groundbreaking data is set to be released today (18th May) at the Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summit, which explores the issues and solutions to the plastic crisis, at the Race stopover in Newport, USA.
The findings show that close to Point Nemo there were between nine and 26 particles of microplastic per cubic metre. As the boats sailed close to Cape Horn, off the tip of South America, measurements increased to 57 particles per cubic metre.
00:00 IV EN Janet Coit, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
00:18 IV EN Charlie Enright, skipper of Vestas 11th Hour Racing
00:32 IV EN Janet Coit, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
00:47 IV EN Wendy Schmidt, President of The Schmidt Family Foundation and co-founder of Schmidt Ocean Institute
02:55 Stuart Templar, Director of Sustainability, Volvo Car Group, on Volvo going plastic-free
04:10 Ocean Summit b-roll, sign
04:10 Ocean Summit b-roll, speaker, Professor Rashid Sumaila, 2017 Volvo Environment Prize Winner; Professor & Director, University of British Columbia Fisheries Center
04:28 Ocean Summit b-roll, speakers, Dee Caffari, skipper of Turn the Tide on Plastic, and Charlie Enright
04:38 Ocean Summit b-roll, audience
05:04 Janet Coit (right) signing Clean Sea pledge, with Lisa Svensson, Director Ocean, United Nations Environment Program
05:10 Ocean Summit b-roll, audience
05:22 Ocean Summit b-roll, speaker Stuart Templar, Volvo Car Group
05:31 Ocean Summit b-roll, Volvo going plastic-free sign
05:37 Ocean Summit b-roll, speaker Sören Gutekunst, GEOMAR Institute for Ocean Research
05:54 Ocean Summit b-roll, panel
05:59 Ocean Summit b-roll, speaker Wendy Schmidt
06:10 Group photo of panelists
06:17 ENDS
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