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Expedition Reports.

On our 2019 expedition we recorded 117 Dirty Dozen surveys, 45 Plastic Bottle surveys and 904 Incidental Sightings.

Our findings can be read in the reports below.

1. Great Brak Report

 

2. Duineveld Report

 

Watch a video from the Strandloper Project Expedition.

 

 

Recovered tackle

 
     
 

Expedition 2019
Finding a solution for recreational fishing pollution

 

Gericke's Point

 

Coastal Baseline Survey.

In May of 2019, a team of 6 Strandloper Project volunteers embarked on the first expedition to survey plastic pollution and fishing debris in the Southern Cape. The first stage of the expedition was a 210km hike between Blombos Nature Reserve and Wilderness in the Garden Route. Over the 11 days, they conducted a series of research surveys to document the incidence of fishing debris and plastic pollution and the coastline.

The second phase of the expedition between Nature's Valley and Wilderness will take place in 2020.

 

Expedition 2019 Team

 

Expedition Route.

A group of six hikers walked 210km between Blombos Nature Reserve and Wilderness in the Garden Route.

 

Route

 

Demanding Itinerary.

Over the 11 days of the research expedition, we hiked stages averaging 20km per day and surveyed washed up plastic pollution and snagged fishing tackle.

 

Lighthouse

 

Its all in the name.

The name Strandloper Project was chosen to represent the early human origins in the Southern Cape. Archeological evidence indicates that early Homo sapiens lived and foraged from the inter tidal zone along the shifting coastline of the region from 164,000 years ago.

It is proposed that the rapid development of early human cognitive thought developed in the Southern Cape as a result of the high phospholipid content of their marine diet..

 

Midden

 

Mapping Trash Distribution.

For locals that take regular beach hikes in the Garden Route, it has become apparent that certain types of plastic pollution washes up at specific locations on the shoreline.

By mapping the location of various categories of plastic found on the hike we were able to link it to possible sources.

 

Plastic trash

 

Municipal Engagement.

Using our collected data, the Strandloper Project plans to enter into a dialogue with respective municipalities to take appropriate action to prevent future losses of plastic debris into rivers and the ocean.

 

Strandloper Project

 

Baseline Survey.

Plastic pollution and fishing debris were documented using our Dirty Dozen transect, Bottle Transect and Incidental Sighting app in Cybertracker. Surveyed items were classed in various categories including size, colour and original use and recorded with GPS location.

 

Dirty Dozen Survey

 

Public Awareness.

One of the main reasons to conduct the hike survey is to document the plastic pollution and fishing debris along the route.

However knowing the rate of pollution is useless unless the information is made available to the public and authorities.

To raise awareness about our findings we had a concerted daily update of our progress and finding across all our social media platforms.

Monica from Landmark Foundation assisted by arranging for school groups to join us and collect trash along sections.

Schools

 

Social Media.

To this end we had regular posts on our Instagram and Twitter platforms during the expedition and ongoing posts of our monthly research dives

 

Expedition Reports.

On our 2019 expedition we recorded 117 Dirty Dozen surveys, 45 Plastic Bottle surveys and 904 Incidental Sightings.

Our findings can be read in the reports below.

 

1. Great Brak Report

 

2. Duineveld Report

 

 

 

 

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Hike with purpose

Initiating an annual research expedition, in May 2019 a group of six hikers walked 210km between Blombos Nature Reserve and Wilderness in the Garden Route. Over the 11 days the team recorded in excess of 900 incidental sighting, conducted 45 Plastic Bottle transects and 39 'Dirty Dozen' transects.

 

We also hiked past significant Strandloper archaeological sites including ancient fish traps, the Point of Human origins and massive shell middens.


Meet The Team

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Cleaning up with data

From regular beach hikes in the Garden Route it has become apparent that certain types of plastic pollution wash up at specific locations.

By accurately mapping the location of various categories of plastic found on the hike we were able to link it to possible sources.

Plastic pollution and fishing debris were documented using our Dirty Dozen transect, Bottle Transect and Incidental Sighting app in Cybertracker.

The next stage is to enter into a dialogue with respective municipalities and conservation authorities to take appropriate action to prevent future losses into rivers and the ocean.

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Awareness Campaign

One of the main reasons to conduct the hike survey is to document the plastic pollution and fishing debris along the route.

However knowing the rate of pollution is useless unless the information is made available to the public and authorities.

To raise awareness about our findings we had a concerted daily update of our progress and finding across all our social media platforms.

Monica from Landmark Foundation assisted by arranging for school groups to join us along the route and collect trash along sections.

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