Bringing the Ocean to Society
28 Jul 2020
Crustaceans contaminated with microplastic in the Arctic
Learn more about various Arctic-related initiatives involving EurOcean's Member CNR.

A team of researchers, including elements from CNR, has discovered fragments of microplastics in a small marine crustacean, the amphipod Gammarus setosus, very common in Svalbard, in the Arctic Ocean, one of the places considered most pristine on the planet.

This marine animal is at the base of the feeding of several birds and fish that live in the area. In addition, most of the microplastics studied are made of synthetic polymers of paints and antifouling, waterproofing and anticorrosive coatings used both in boats and in fishing equipment.

Check all the information in the scientific article "First evidence of microplastics ingestion in benthic amphipods from Svalbard" on Environmental Research.

CNR recent activities concerning the Arctic also include the online exhibition "Arctic Interactive Journey to the North Pole". Discover an exciting journey, through physical and multimedia installations, interactive experiments, scientific equipment, scale reconstructions, documents, objects, sounds and images, which guides us to discover the Arctic, its peculiarities and observed phenomena.

Climate change today represents a crucial challenge for the future of the Earth and the Arctic is the region of the planet where these occur faster than elsewhere. Global warming has a huge impact on surfaces covered by ice with important consequences on the increase in vegetated surfaces and the tundra, on the life of animals and on the entire Arctic ecosystem. For this reason, the Arctic can be considered a large natural laboratory to study these processes.

Visit the exhibition site here.