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Sargasso Sea

Sargasso Sea

Sargasso Sea is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, and is the only sea without a land boundary. Named so due to the free floating weed “Sargassum”, the Sargasso Sea is of particular importance due to the high variety of marine species found within it, including turtles, shrimp, crab and fish. It is also the spawning site for species such as the European eel and American eel, white marlin, Porbeagle shark (Lamna nasus) and dolphinfish (also known as mahi-mahi and not at all related to the dolphin). Humpback whales often migrate through this region.1
Sargasso Sea is bounded by four ocean currents, thus forming an ocean gyre called the North Atlantic gyre. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a high concentration of plastic garbage from shore as well as ships. Also known as the ‘North Atlantic garbage patch’, it has a density of over 200,000 pieces of debris in every square kilometer.2
GlobalMET members were of the opinion that this issue needs to be better highlighted and awareness needs to be increased, especially among seafarers.
Hence we jointly launched the “Sargasso sea poster” project in 2011 in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Nautical Institute with support from Maritime Technical Services (MTS). A poster was made in 2012 highlighting the issues related to Sargasso Sea, and was received well by the maritime fraternity, with over 1000 orders for these posters from various entities.

Today, the Sargasso Sea poster can be found in training institutes around the world as well as on the navigational bridge of a number of merchant ships. We received notes of appreciation from a number of organisations including Capt. Kuba Szymanski of InterManager. In an event at MEPC 64 in October 2012, the Sargasso Sea poster was showcased at the IMO jointly by GlobalMET, WWF , The International union for the conservation of nature and the Nautical Institute.3
This poster is part of the Seafarer Environmental Awareness project (SEA).   It is our small way of saying “We care”.

References: 

1National Ocean Service (2017). What is the Sargasso Sea? NOAA.
2Gill, Victoria (24 February 2010). "Plastic rubbish blights Atlantic Ocean". BBC News.
3MEPC 64/INF.24, International maritime organization. 11 October 2012.

The 36" x 30" Sargasso poster is available on MTS website at USD per poster

 The Sargasso Sea project on the Nautical Institute website  The Sargasso Sea project on the WWF website  The Sargasso Sea project on the MTS website
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