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Scientific dissemination of our work at the International Symposium of Marine Sciences in Vigo

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The 6th International Symposium on Marine Sciences took place in Vigo during the 20th, 21st and 22nd of June. This event was organized with the collaboration of the six spanish universities in which the Marine Sciences Degree is taught: Alicante, Barcelona, Cádiz , Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Valencia and Vigo.

Matching with this scientific gathering, the XIX Iberian Seminar of Marine Chemistry, the Spanish Physical Oceanography meeting 2018, the Iberian meeting of Toxic Phytoplankton 2018 and the Campus do Mar ISC ‘ 18, encouraging the meeting and exchanges among the students and professionals in the field of Marine Sciences.

Our participation in the Congress was an opportunity to disseminate the results of two of our working lines, which we presented through an oral session and a poster, in addition to the numerous interactions with other sea sciences colleagues.

Abisai Melián’s oral exhibition at the International Symposium of Marine Sciences 2018 on the study of soluble aerosol depositions in the Canarian basin.

“DEPOSITION STUDY OF SOLUBLE AEROSOL-DERIVED IRON AND
NUTRIENTS TO THE CANARY BASIN” was the title of the talk conducted by Abisai Melián, which exposed the work perfomed by Gelado-Caballero et al. (unpublished) regarding the fluxes of iron depositions in the Canary Islands basin.

Exhibition of the poster on the results of the use of the sampler of Microplastics as a method of obtaining data of abundance and distribution aboard opportunity Boats (Tania Sumto, Project Marcet).

“UNDERWAY WATER SYSTEM OF RESEARCH VESSELS: OPTIMIZATION OF A METHOD FOR SMALL MICROPLASTICS SAMPLING IN OCEANIC WATERS” is the title of the poster presented by Tania Montoto, which showed some preliminary results of the MARCET Project after the use of a prototype passive microplastic sampler, installed on board of opportunity boats, as is the case of the current collaboration with the SailingLivingLab initiative.

ECOMARPORT Project Follow-up meeting

On Friday 18 May, took place at the facilities of PLOCAN-the oceanographic platform of the Canary Islands-(http://plocan.eu/index.php/es/) A meeting to follow up the activities envisaged among the entities members of the project ECOMARPORT. The meeting brought together representatives of the Port Authority of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (http://www.palmasport.es/), PLOCAN, and the research group Technologies, management and environmental bichemistry (TGBA; http://tecnobioambiental.ulpgc.es/) of the ULPGC .

This meeting is part of the coordination processes established for the ECOMARPORT project. The state of execution of the tasks concerning the monitoring planned for the port of Las Palmas was analyzed jointly. The proposals and strategies of the work envisaged in the next six months were established.

Meeting at the facilities of PLOCAN, in Talia (Gran Canaria).

MARCET: New research cruise to ESTOC to test the improvements implemented in the Microplastic Sampler

At the end of this March, we went on a new research campaign to ESTOC (European Station fot Time-Series in the Ocean, Canary Islands), mamanged by the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN). The navigation, onboard the Oceanographic Research Vessel Ángeles Alvariño, took place in the days before the arrival of the storm “Hugo”, so it was somewhat limited, although very fruitful.

Set up of the Microplastic Sampler in the B/O Ángeles Alvariño.

Within the research work that we are developing in the frame of the MARCET project, this oceanigraphic campaign represents a great opportunity to test the Microplastic Sampler that we are developing. Taking inspiration from other similar investigations, without interruptions caused to other operations envisaged in the campaign, nor slowing down the vessel’s speed of navigation, the system uses one of the sea water intakes. Thus, and thanks to the facilitation of PLOCAN, this method was tested for the first time in the last mission to ESTOC in September, also aboard the B/O Ángeles Alvariño. Since then, in the research group on Environmental Technologies, Management and Biogeochemistry, we have been implemented some improvements in the prototype that have been evaluated in this last campaign.

Calibration of the Microplastic Sampler with Rosetta in the R/V Ángeles Alvariño

Preliminary tests onboard oceanographic vessels are a necessary step to know the pros and cons of the system, adjust their parameters and investigate their versatility in routine sampling aboard a wide range of boats. Thus, once optimised its operation, a first objective is the adaptation for its use in smaller boats of opportunity. In this way, research on the abundance and distribution of microplastics will not only be facilitated but also, the sampling possibilities will be increased. This will represent, at the same time, a new opportunity to establish interesting collaborations with other platforms, companies or individuals that are concerned about marine debris.