|RFx ID :||21210722|
|Tender Name :||ZBD2019-04 Plastics and marine debris across the ocean floor in New Zealand waters|
|Reference # :||O - ZBD2019-04|
|Open Date :||Friday, 28 June 2019 10:00 AM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)|
|Close Date :||Wednesday, 24 July 2019 2:00 PM (Pacific/Auckland UTC+12:00)|
|Tender Type :||Request for Proposals (RFP)|
|Tender Coverage :||Sole Agency [?]|
|Exemption Reason :||None|
|Required Pre-qualifications :||None|
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Plastic debris in the ocean is a pollution related issue attracting worldwide concern. As well as unsightliness, the debris is on a scale that causes harm to many marine species and threatens the health of marine ecosystems across the globe. All species are affected, but attention has particularly focused on marine mammals, seabirds, other protected species and fish. New Zealand is no exception, and plastic debris are visible along much of our coastline. Within New Zealand, beach surveys and clean-up events for visible (macro) plastics are underway and the findings are available online (Sustainable coastlines URL).
Far less is known about the occurrence of plastics in our offshore environment. Microplastics have been found in the plankton recorder time series samples between New Zealand and the Ross Sea (Antarctica) and are being quantified as part of the ongoing Continuous Plankton Recorder Programme supported by Fisheries New Zealand and Sanford Ltd.
This project aims to quantify the occurrence and distribution of macroplastics in New Zealand’s sub-tidal marine environment, from shallows through to depths of 1800m (or more if data are available).