The Australian Institute of Marine Science is currently taking action to protect species who are put at risk by plastic pollution by identifying areas which are important for the survival of organisms (breeding and migration).
Based on their assessments, they have begun to generate technological solutions to monitor the population in these areas and protect them from human interaction in collaboration with the Australian government.
Once such example is the Integrated Marine Observation System. The system uses a variety of equipment to track different factors in the bodies of water surrounding Australia. Some of the equipment includes:
- a satellite remote sensing receiving station
- ocean surface radar
- autonomous sea-gliders
- animal tracking arrays
They have also partnered with institutions such as James Cook University to train young scientists and launch important projects in marine biology and ocean conservation.
Watch the video below to find out what they are doing to research and combat microplastic pollution!