Project Manaia

Why is plastic waste a problem?

Plastics on the beach

When you discard a plastic water bottle it’s difficult to imagine the damage it can do to a sea turtle swimming off the Mexican coast, but most plastics in our ocean come from household and commercial waste. Major rivers can transport plastics out to sea where wind and tides can transport them all around the world.

Data Collection of Season 2021 on Marine Mammals and Marine Debris

Dolphins and total hot spots of season 2021

 Project Manaia’s 2021 season was very eventful with 24 dolphin sightings, 1 whale sighting and 459 garbage and debris sightings in 158 hours of travelling over 1250nm. Research Vessel Independence travelled irregularly from the Northern tip of the Adriatic to the Southern Sicilian coast beginning on 3rd of May and ending on 07 September 2021. …

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Maria Giovanna Stoppani

maria giovanna stoppani

Hello Project Manaia supporters!  My name is Maria Giovanna. I am a 22 years-old student from Italy, now attending the international Master’s Degree in Marine Sciences at the University of Milano-Bicocca, after graduating in Biological Sciences.  I stumbled across Project Manaia for the first time on a winter day, as I received an email from …

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From plastic-spotting to fried-egg jellyfish: an account of my stay on the SY Independence. Written by Veerle Troelstra

Veerle Troelstra

First for introductions: I’m a third-year Environmental Geoscience student at UCL. I initially chose my degree in the hope to eventually be able to contribute my own research on prevailing environmental issues. Having always been very keen on sailing and hoping to combine these two interests, I stumbled upon Project Manaia in my search for …

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3 Tools to run marine research on a budget

mavic pro drone hovering sunset

Marine Research Projects are generally not a cheap project – Running ships, technical equipment and a crew to handle everything comes at a cost. But there are a couple of tools you can use for research projects that can come in handy at a (in comparison) small budget.

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