Katrina and Rafa are two adventurers who crossed paths along their travels and decided to sail around the world to discover new horizons and possibilities outside of the ‘norm’. We connected with them at Woodford Folk Festival in 2018 and they decided to incorporate marine debris monitoring into their travels, putting together hand-made marine debris sampling devices to record the state of marine debris and pollution in some of the remotest reaches of our planet!

Setting-sail from Tahiti in February 2019, we will follow their journey and their findings to capture the state of pollution and explore some of the solutions that communities are incorporating to address the issue. This is their story so far. Stay tuned to our blog and social media pages for updates via satellite along the way…

Katrina

Katrina

Rafa

Rafa

“We often try to do our part in small ways, and are continuously learning how to improve our impact, whether it be converting every product on our boat to something natural and eco-friendly, refusing plastic throughout our travels or doing 'rubbish runs' on our tender. We realise that we can always do better and inspire others to do the same.

Some of our early sampling reflects microplastics in the open ocean like these, and this is only scratching the surface of what lies beneath.

Some of our early sampling reflects microplastics in the open ocean like these, and this is only scratching the surface of what lies beneath.

The more we travel, the more we discover the urgency of the situation and we have been seeking a way to contribute more to the preservation of our natural habitat and the places that we love, many of which are still relatively unspoiled. This is why we reached out to PCFML after seeing all of the amazing work that they do to protect this beautiful planet of ours! 

Our home for the next few months, sailing the seas to promote awareness and re-discover what’s important.

Our home for the next few months, sailing the seas to promote awareness and re-discover what’s important.

Increasing awareness seems to be one of the most significant things that everyone CAN do, inspiring behavioural change that spreads throughout communities and greater society. It’s about people being more conscientious in our individual and collective decisions and actions, voting with our dollar and treating our life support system with much greater respect.

“We hope that by sharing our experiences we can leverage our unique lifestyle to help cultivate more awareness and connection around the world”

Rafa testing out some of our home-made marine debris trawling devices

Rafa testing out some of our home-made marine debris trawling devices

We are also intrigued to see what we can find as we sail, employing nets in the ocean whenever we can to collect micro-plastics and give people an understanding of just how prevalent our waste has become, even in some of the remotest parts of the planet. 

We think that it’s vital for society collectively to shift perspective and re-imagine the way that we live to ensure a more harmonious relationship with each other and with our planet, especially at a time when we are facing some serious consequences from our choices over the past century or so. We are honoured to be Ambassadors for PCFML, to create positive change throughout the countries that we visit throughout our journey and to inspire change towards a better future!

Some of the places we visit. Remote, untouched and worth protecting!

Some of the places we visit. Remote, untouched and worth protecting!

Beaches and reefs like these hang in the balance due to a myriad of anthropogenic threats.

Beaches and reefs like these hang in the balance due to a myriad of anthropogenic threats.



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