Bio-on promotes monitoring initiatives and oceanic pollution studies, supporting the launch of environmental protection and eco-sustainability projects.
Bio-on is partner of PLANET OR PLASTIC?
From 13 April to 22 September, 2019, at the museum complex of Santa Maria della Vita in Bologna, the interesting photographic exhibition Planet or Plastic? organized by National Geographic together with Genus Bononiae and Carisbo Foundation. An articulated path with photos and videos/installations including the shocking pictures of the Soup project, the "soup" of plastic by the award-winning British photographer Mandy Barker who has been working with scientists and researchers for years to investigate and reflect on the devastating impact of plastic on our ecosystem.
Project with LEGA AMBIENTE
To coincide with the vessel Goletta Verde sailing along the Emilia-Romagna coast, Bio-on backed the "Fishing for Litter – In rete contro un mare di plastica" project, led by Legambiente volunteers along with the Cooperativa della Piccola Grande Pesca, Clara spa, Capitaneria di porto di Porto Garibaldi and Comune di Comacchio, with a view to cataloguing the litter collected while fishing on the seabed. It's an experimental project providing an example of how essential close links between local authorities, environmentalists and the fishing industry are to increasing knowledge of the marine environment and raising awareness of the amount of litter in the sea, with a view to developing a system for correct waste management and disposal.
After twenty-three days collecting litter accidentally caught in fishing nets, involving 45 vessels, 12 volunteers and 210 lifts, 7,198 pieces of litter were collected from the seabed weighing 1,000 kg, equivalent to 105 sackfuls. These are just some of the figures attained in the first month of the six-month-long project.
Further information: dossier with detailed data
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Video of the project
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Images of the litter collected
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PROBLEM PLASTIC conference
A meeting promoted by Bio-on to raise awareness of the dramatic consequences that plastic pollution is creating in seas around the world. For the first time in Europe, Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner from the International Pacific Research Center (School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology) at the University of Hawaii, two of the world's most important scientists studying the marine environment, illustrated their ground-breaking studies into how these huge quantities of plastic move across the oceans.
During "Problem Plastic, l'inquinamento della plastica attraverso gli occhi della scienza" (Problem Plastic, plastic pollution through the eyes of science), the two researchers illustrated their mathematical models that describe the "plastic routes" using various data sources: satellites, buoys, open ocean observations, maps of ocean currents, seas and winds, etc. This is a relatively young discipline and still in its early stages but, after the catastrophic tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, it has grown rapidly thanks to the observation of a high quantity of debris crossing the Pacific Ocean and washing up on the shores of Hawaii and North America.
Thanks to these studies, the Marine Debris Research Team at the International Pacific Research Center has reached the conclusion that, contrary to expectations, many species that have colonised the plastic debris in the sea are able to survive for years, long enough to reach distant lands and invade the ecosystems on the new coastlines. Plastic waste floating in the ocean thus becomes a dangerous carrier for the transportation of non-native animal species from one side of the globe to the other.
The Hawaii researchers have identified which non-native species could reach a new area, by estimating its likelihood̀. For example, hundreds of varieties native to eastern Japan, some of which are potentially invasive, have been found on the wreck of a ship pushed by the currents to the coast of Oregon, in the United States.
Discovering the age of plastic: HELP!
Bio-on strongly believes in using new methods of communication and art forms to instil eco awareness among the highest possible number of people. To that end, it backed the extraordinary initiative launched by an artist to raise awareness of the enormous Garbage Patches of plastic dispersed in the oceans. Through an artwork consisting of a system of concrete actions unfolding over time and in various locations to disseminate on the international scene a series of "clues" about the existence of a nation of her invention, called Garbage Patch State.
In 2015 Bio-on sponsored the scientific expedition called EXXPEDITION with Caterina Falleni.
The expedition saw an all-female team of scientists and researchers sailing across the world and studying up close the conditions of our seas and oceans. Samples were tested in the same way as a mission in space.
Caterina conducted research and tests with PHAs, produced by Bio-on, a bioplastic that fully biodegrades naturally in the sea.