OceanCats, 214 km rowing from Portbou to Blanes
The ship “Fraret” arrived at the port of Blanes, the name that OceanCats has put on its boat in honor of the bird that inhabits the islands of the North Atlantic.
Thus ended a sporting challenge with the intention of raising awareness in society about the problems suffered by our seas and oceans due to the excess of plastic products.
The adventure ended yesterday, 8 scientific samplings were carried out to determine the presence of microplastics in the sea.
The rowers have rowed 41 hours uninterruptedly, and at the same time 8 scientific microplastics samples have been carried out, which will be transferred to the laboratories of the University of Barcelona to study the concentration, type and characteristics of these small plastic fragments of less than 5 mm.
Inside the boat, the athletes have been fed with freeze-dried food, which thanks to a dehydration process, can be kept vacuum packed for years, and is the one used in regattas and long-distance expeditions.
This first challenge is included within the OCEANCATS project, with various initiatives of the Oceanic Schools, and sporting challenges such as the rowing crossing from Palamós to Mallorca, from Valencia to Ibiza and finally the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, with a distance of 5,000km to Rowing in December from the island of La Gomera to Antigua in the Caribbean.
The samplings have been carried out in collaboration with the municipalities of Port de la Selva, L’Escala, Palafrugell, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Tossa de Mar, Lloret de Mar and Blanes; as well as the Palamós Fishing Museum and the Blanes Sailing Club.
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