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Plastic Soup three-day event

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November 30, 2011

Interview with Jan Andries van Franeker about research into plastics found in the stomachs of Northern Fulmars. He also dissected a Northern Fulmar during a Plastic Breakfast with 65 children at the local authority primary school.

The Plastic Soup Foundation is launching a three-day campaign (30 November, 1 & 2 December 2011) to raise awareness in the Netherlands about one of the most invisible and largest refuse collections on earth: the plastic litter in our oceans, as well as in all other waterways. The three-day event will not only focus on the problem, but also on strategies & innovations designed to solve them.

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Interview Vroege Vogels

As part of the Plastic Soup three-day event,  IMARES marine biologist Jan Andries van Franeker will appear on the 27 November edition of the Vroege Vogels programme with an interview about research into plastics found in the stomachs of Northern Fulmars.

The plastics removed from the stomach of the Northern Fulmar during the broadcast.
The plastics removed from the stomach of the Northern Fulmar during the broadcast.

Left: the contents of the “glandular stomach”:

  • three types of plastic foam (below and top-left),

  • a number of harder fragments (top-right)

  • two industrial granules (“pellets”; middle right).

Right: the contents of the “muscular stomach”:

  • three industrial pellets (left)

  • piece of creased plastic film (middle)

  • a large number of hard fragments.

Plastic Breakfast

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On day 2 of the Plastic Soup three-day event, Jan Andries van Franeker dissected a Northern Fulmar during a Plastic Breakfast with 65 children at the sustainable local authority primary school ‘De Kariboe’ in Heemskerk.

Jan Andries van Franeker from IMARES has spent many years studying the stomach contents of Northern Fulmars found dead along the Dutch coastline. The amount of plastic found in their stomachs gives a good indication of the amount of plastic litter in the North Sea.

Kust & Zee x-Pierience intends to make children aware that litter belongs in the litterbin and nowhere else.

The plastics removed from the stomach of the Northern Fulmar at the primary school.
The plastics removed from the stomach of the Northern Fulmar at the primary school.

Left: the contents of the “glandular stomach”, right: the contents of the “muscular stomach”