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Programme: Antarctic Circumpolar Expedition

Project title: Baseline assessment of microplastic pollution on the Southern Ocean food web

Acronym: ACE

Duration: 01/01/2018 – 31/12/2020

Total budget: € 165.484

ISMAR budget: € 40.000

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Through a unique circumpolar survey of the Southern Ocean and elements of the food web (plankton including krill, fish, seals, penguins and albatross), the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition offered an unprecedented opportunity to establish baseline estimates for the abundance of micro-plastic particles in all compartments of the Southern Ocean and to evaluate the impact of these particles on the Antarctic food web.

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