When plastics deteriorate in our environment, they eventually become microplastics (>5mm) . These microplastics are then incorporated into our marine and terrestrial food chains where they can have a variety of impacts. Did you know that small amounts of microplastics are now found in animals everywhere on earth?
This project has two main objectives:
First: Learn about our local food web. In other words, we’d like to learn more about who eats who in our marine and terrestrial food chains!
Second: Learn about microplastic contamination on our lands and in our oceans.
How to help
This project has two participation categories, sample collection and pickup and storage.
Sample Collection: This project would be impossible without the help of our local hunters and fishers. We’re interested in all species of hunted animals, big or small. To patricipate, we’d need you to save the stomachs individually in Ziploc bags that we’ll provide. We’d also like you to record the species, the date, and the general area the animal was from. With the help of the other participants, we can quickly come pick up the samples.
Pickup and Storage: Helping with this part of the project means being on a list of people we can contact when a sample needs to be picked up. If you’re free when the message comes in, you can pick up the sample and work with partners at Université Sainte-Anne to quickly and properly store them in the freezer and to make sure all necessary information is recorded.