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The College of Arts, Sciences & Education has teamed up with the International SeaKeepers Society to launch the S.A.R.A.H program — an initiative designed to address the rapid increase of plastic pollutants in the world’s oceans with the assistance of volunteer yachts.

More-so, the S.A.R.A.H program is a citizen science movement to solve the marine plastic pollution epidemic. Why S.A.R.A.H?

S – Sample: With the kits and instructions provided conduct as many net tows as possible on voyages.
A – Aggregate: After each net tow, rinse contents from net into sample filters, label and seal filters.
R – Researchers: At the end of each voyage, the samples are packaged and shipped back to the SARAH program research team at FIU.
A – Analyze: Researchers will analyze the density, type and size of plastic particles and archive in the database.
H – Help: The collection of this data you will help researchers quantify and map marine plastic debris and help stakeholders end this current epidemic.

It is expected that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in our ocean than fish. This poses direct threats such as ingestion and strangulation of marine organisms who mistake it for food or become entangled causing irreversible damage to the marine habitat.

By teaming up with SeaKeepers’ DISCOVERY Yachts Program, we are using sound science and impactful engagement to help solve this global issue. DISCOVERY Yachts will deploy the S.A.R.A.H nets to collect plastics samples for analysis by our researchers. Together, we’re hoping to address the issues of ocean plastics by using the expanded data to inform ocean management and policy.

To learn more about how you can support or invest in this program, please contact: Tony Gilbert at (786) 924-6209 or at tony@seakeepers.org.

The International SeaKeepers Society supports marine science and conservation by utilizing yachts as platforms for marine research, educational outreach, and to deploy oceanographic instruments. Our efforts eliminate vessel costs and permit scientists to allocate those funds to maximize research potential.