Saturday, 09 March 2019
No fewer than 24 million small pieces of plastic have been counted on the coast of the Wadden Sea, north of the Netherlands, by the University of Groningen. They are from a ship’s containers (grounded early January).
Groningen University researchers had developed as early as January a mobile application that allows any volunteer to count pieces of plastic. Some 300 have been reported.
The largest concentration of micro-plastics was discovered on a beach on the island of Schiermonnikoog, located in the Wadden Sea.
Cleaning by a specialized company will begin next week.