By 2018-11-07 InPortugal

Captain who discovered “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” to speak in Lisbon

For anyone concerned about plastic pollution and what it’s doing to our seas, an event next Friday (November 16) in Lisbon could be must. But it won’t be easy listening.

First up will be Captain Charles Moore, the man credited with having discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the northern Pacific ocean 20 years ago.

Says Expresso, the gigantic floating dump has “never stopped growing”. It currently covers an area of 1.6 million sq kms – 17 times larger than Portugal.

Thus, Charles Moore “won’t be bringing good news”, though he might provide some context and detail the work done since discovering the horror to try and wake the world up to change before its seas are further invaded by toxic refuse that impacts on every form of marine life.

Moore’s talk, at the Large Auditorium of Lisbon New University’s science and technology faculty (FCT NOVA) is scheduled to coincide with World Day of the Sea.

Scheduled to appear alongside him is Portuguese researcher João Frias, of the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. Frias is developing a “project to manage microplastics”, says Expresso.

His talk will be entitled: “From Portugal to the World: My journey to reduce marine litter and microplastic pollution in the ocean”.

Admission to the event is free, subject to subscription. For details, click here

Meantime, in the Algarve, marine investigators have discovered the presence of microplastics in mussels, particularly around Sagres and Portimão.

As they told Sulinformação, it was “quite a surprise”, as they had mistakenly believed southern waters to be ‘clean’.

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