Summer 2019

Tackling the rise of ocean plastics

Subtech managing director, Gert Muller took a six-month sabbatical last year to sail across the Indian Ocean researching the impact of plastics in some of the world’s most remote areas

He has created a documentary of his findings in a bid to raise awareness of what has become a massive global concern.

Gert was joined on the trip by his son, Tristan, who is investigating the proliferation of microplastics in sea grass as part of his marine biology degree. The mission saw them sailing on a specially adapted motor yacht from Cape Town in South Africa, around the Western Indian Ocean close to Madagascar, Seychelles, Maldives and Chagos.

‘We were aiming to investigate the possible impact of plastics in unpopulated areas away from the holiday resorts and industrial areas and what we discovered was truly shocking,’

Says Gert,

'the amount of plastic we saw was far, far worse than we expected.'

In the worst affected areas the team collected as much plastic as they could and made arrangements for its disposal, but now Gert is investigating ways the local communities can find workable and sustainable solutions for the problem.

‘This trip has really opened my eyes to the enormity of the world’s plastic problem and its impact on our oceans. We hope our documentary will help build awareness and inspire the force for change that is so sorely needed.’

He added.

Visit the Oceans Without Limits website for more information and follow the campaign on Facebook.

Watch the Oceans Without Limits trailer

'Archarne' - the specially adapted yacht

Plastic waste found during research
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