Assessing Microplastics in Cocos Islands

Turtle Island Restoration Network
Learning if Microplastics are present at one of the World’s Most Remote Island, Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica

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Assessing Microplastics in Cocos Islands

Turtle Island Restoration Network mobilizes people to restore oceans, preserve rivers and streams, and protect the marine wildlife that call these blue-green waters home. This project is to determine if micro plastics in our ocean have reached Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica, a remote island in the Pacific 350 miles from the mainland Costa Rica.

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Todd Steiner

Todd is the Executive Director and Founder of the Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) and has over 40 years experience protecting and restoring endangered species and habitats. With a lifetime of knowledge, and a Masters in Biology, Todd’s current focus is turning research into policy that protects and restores endangered marine species and ocean ecosystems. Currently, he is focused on creating the bi-national Cocos-Galapagos Swimway, and a range of other high profile TIRN initiatives.

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Microscope

$94

Microscope for examining small pieces of marine debris


Gifted: 0 | Remaining: 1

Tweasers

$9

Manually separating small pieces of marine debris


Gifted: 0 | Remaining: 2

Sharpies (box of 12)

$8

Labelling containers with water and sand samples


Gifted: 0 | Remaining: 1

Basic sieve set

$35

For separating microplastics from larger marine debris and sand particles


Gifted: 0 | Remaining: 1

Funnel

$26

Holds the filter paper for filtering debris from water samples


Gifted: 0 | Remaining: 1

Filtering flask

$21

Filtration of water samples


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Scoop ($6 each)

Collection of sand samples from the different beach locations


Gifted: 1 | Remaining: 0

Vacuum pump

$34

Filtration of water samples


Gifted: 0 | Remaining: 1

Filter paper

$9

Required for filtering debris from water samples


Gifted: 1 | Remaining: 1

Rubber stopper

$5

Preventing leakage of water samples


Gifted: 0 | Remaining: 1

Alcohol bottle (pack of 3)

$13

Alcohol is needed to clean micoplastic samples before weighing and storage


Gifted: 0 | Remaining: 1

Squirt bottle

$6

Sterilization of the filtration systems


Gifted: 0 | Remaining: 1

Plastic bags

$16

Storage and organization of various samples


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Petri dishes

$11

Storage of microplastic samples


Gifted: 0 | Remaining: 2

1L large mouthed Nalgene bottles

$85

Collection of water samples from various locations


Gifted: 0 | Remaining: 1

Project Budgets

Our project teams have worked hard to give the best estimates possible, but budgets and prices of items can fluctuate. Should something change, your monetary donation will be used for another aspect of this project.

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Airport Transfers

Ride-sharing (e.g. Uber/Lyft) to and from the airport in San Francisco, USA and San Jose, Costa Rica


Gifted: $80 | Remaining: $0

COMPLETE!
Shipment of manta nets

Shipping manta trawl nets to Costa Rica


Gifted: $10 | Remaining: $490

Lab Processing of Samples

Hours of lab processing of water and sand samples


Gifted: $0 | Remaining: $600

Flights from SFO to SJO

San Francisco, USA to San Jose, Costa Rica - Return flight for 2 researchers to local sites and deliver equipment to team


Gifted: $0 | Remaining: $1,200

Accomodation

Accomodation before and after expeditions, in transit


Gifted: $0 | Remaining: $400

Permits

The time required to write the permit and submit it for approval to the national park of Cocos Island


Gifted: $200 | Remaining: $0

COMPLETE!