Copepod Research

Copepod Research Vessel

Copepod is the research vessel for the Goes Foundation, the purpose of Copepod is to collect samples of marine plankton, including copepods, for priority chemical analysis, but we also need the help of as many yachts as possible. GOES will provide ocean going yachts with plankton nets and equipment for the collection and preservation of plankton samples.  The samples are then returned to GOES for analysis.

 

  • organic tin
  • organic mercury
  • Lead
  • Copper
  • plastic
  • other priority chemicals
Sampling

There are many organisations sampling and testing for marine micro-plastics, which is very important.  However, plastic is hydrophobic and will adsorb many of the priority chemicals.  Zooplankton then ingest the micro-plastics and priority chemicals and receive a dose of the chemicals millions of times more concentrated than in the water.  The priority chemicals impact on the growth and productivity of the plankton, we consider that this may be the primary mechanism for climate change as opposed to the burning of fossil fuels.  Zooplankton are subsequently eaten by fish, marine mammals and birds.  Reproduction success is for all marine mammals is dropping, killer whales cannot reproduce in Northern Europe, and other cetaceans such as Sperm Whales are beaching themselves.  

Consequence

The consequences and effects of priority chemicals has been almost completely ignored, yet it will result in a cascade failure of the entire marine ecosystems in next 25 to 40 years unless we take action now.  Failure to take action will result in a loss of most of our marine mammals and birds as well as teleost fish and a food supply for 2 billion people.

Copepods are marine zooplankton that are used as indicator species to determine the health and status of the marine ecosystem. At Goes Foundation we are taking it one stage further by chemical analysis of the organisms for priority chemicals, the information will be used to raise awareness and hopefully effect change. 



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