318 billion tons of microplastics are found beneath the surface of our oceans, which is equivalent to 32 times the area of the United States. Additionally, 500 microplastics have been found in 20 fish species that we consume in our diet. These contaminants release chemical substances that pose risks to human health.
Muyuk addresses this problem through three main areas: research, which includes sampling, microplastic analysis, and 2D simulation of their concentration in the sea; implementation of autonomous floating collectors; and active community involvement. In this way, Muyuk tackles the lack of real-time data on microplastic concentration in the sea, collects microplastics that affect biodiversity and human health, and promotes awareness of the presence of microplastics in our oceans.
Microplastic samples analyzed in the laboratory from the 7 most contaminated beaches along the Peruvian coastline.
Concentration maps of microplastics generated from the analyzed beaches along the Peruvian coast.
Individuals involved in sampling, extraction, and awareness-raising activities regarding microplastics.
Fishing families benefiting from additional income by participating in the sampling stage.