“Within the “BIO No-Trash Triangle Initiative” program, we will have a synoptic overview of the marine plastic problem in this region covering all coastal habitats and levels of the food web. We need to understand the problem in depth and we have to stop it at the source!“ said Marco Segre - owner of Coral Eye Resort and marine biologist himself.
Since he opened Coral Eye in 2011, he has offered 6 scholarship per year to students whose projects relate to the tropical marine environment, but from now on he will give priority to the ones dedicated to the impact of plastic on the marine environment.
And here they are! Jasmin Müller and Nico Bill from Oldenburg/Germany - guided by Prof. Peter Schupp - will stay for two months on Bangka Island to study the distribution and impact of plastic waste on the coastal ecosystems in the area. They will conduct a baseline analysis of plastic waste on the beach and in the adjacent reef and investigating the impact of plastic on coral and fish.