SØRKAPP MARINE LITTER CLEANUP is an initiative combining ecology and science, which focuses on the issue of marine litter in remote areas of the Arctic. During fieldwork carried out in the south of Svalbard, we collect litter which has accumulated along the shore and data, which will deepen our understanding of the scale and consequences of litter pollution in this part of the world.

Our posts discuss the issue of marine pollution in the Arctic, the project’s origins and assumptions, organizational ups and downs, as well as daily challenges and unexpected turns of events, which we face when working in Svalbard. As a bonus, we weave in many interesting facts and practical advice for all those who find the far north as close to their hearts as we do.

The project is funded by Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund and receives media support from Zew Północy magazine and Radio Kampus. Moreover, due to the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Norway, which was celebrated in 2019, it was given the honorary patronage of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Warsaw and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Oslo.

The Magnificent Four, or project team version 2.0

In mid-February, a remarkable meeting – or, more specifically, two remarkable meetings! – took place among the peace and quiet of Kampinos National Park, providing us with an opportunity to meet the ten candidates whose applications appealed to us the most. It is hardly surprising that our base was an…

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Better late than never, or slightly cooled news from the front

It’s been two months since – after four weeks of grappling with beach litter, bad weather and our own weaknesses – we reached the end of this year’s round of fieldwork, conducted as part of Sørkapp Marine Litter Cleanup project. Much against our better judgement, we did not immediately go…

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Project for a centenary

This spring, Sørkapp Marine Litter Cleanup project received the patronage of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Poland. Despite the fact that the Embassy does not normally offer its patronage to initiatives carried out outside Polish borders, an exception was made in our case. The reason behind this exceptional treatment was…

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Whatever it takes

The issue of marine litter may be approached in a number of ways. The widest recognition is usually given to initiatives focusing on prevention, such as raising the awareness of dangers involved in excessive use of plastic or searching for environmentally-friendly alternatives. There is also much talk about improving existing…

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Awfully Rotten Cabin & Co., Part Two

In the previous post we explained, among others, where the Awfully Rotten Cabin (or Kapp Horn Hytte, as it’s usually referred to in official records) came from, how it’s changed over the years and what stands behind its shabby, yet still irresistible charm. Today we’ll introduce you to building trends…

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Awfully Rotten Cabin & Co.

Today we’re going to tell you a little more about the Awfully Rotten Cabin, or Kapp Horn Hytte (which is how it’s referred to in official records). What stands behind these names is the trapper’s cabin in Palffyodden, which will soon, for three weeks, turn into our headquarters and after…

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Not quite plain sailing

A project is much like a baby. Before we got down to work, the idea seemed brilliant, the required amount of effort and commitment – reasonable, and the expected feeling of satisfaction from a job well done – irresistibly tempting. The project was fun to conceive, the months of waiting…

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Destination: the Arctic

If strolling along litter-strewn European beaches you ever console yourself with the thought of the far north – the last stronghold of wilderness, where beaches do not as yet look like rubbish dumps – you’re in for a bit of a disappointment. The Arctic is drowning in litter. Examples of…

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What sprouted in a rotten cabin

The idea to clean a stretch of Svalbard’s shoreline emerged one gloomy September afternoon in 2015, when – bored with excessive comfort of the Polish Polar Station Hornsund – we crossed the fiord to spend a few days in a rotten trapper’s cabin in Palffyodden and do some maintenance work…

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