Sørkapp Marine Litter Cleanup is an initiative focusing on the issue of marine litter in remote areas of the Arctic and combining scientific goals with down-to-earth practical work for the sake of the natural environment. During fieldwork carried out in the south of Svalbard, we collected litter accumulated on the shore and data, which deepened 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 faced 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 was funded by Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund.

It received 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 Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Oslo and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Warsaw.

Details of both rounds of fieldwork and the adopted methodology can be found in two separate project reports. Additionally, the report from the year 2021 presents conclusions regarding the rate of marine litter accumulation within the project’s target area and differences in litter concentration on particular sections of the north-western coast of Sørkappland. And although reports are not exactly the world’s most favourite genre, do give ours a try and you may well be pleasantly surprised.

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, Part Two

Seas and oceans have served humanity as rubbish dumps for hundreds of years, but initially it wasn’t much of a problem. As recently as at the end of the 18th century, there were merely 1.5 billion of us and the majority of rubbish we generated was made of natural materials,

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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. The situation

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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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Cleaning the Arctic, or Sørkapp Marine Litter Cleanup

We are proud to announce that we have received 330,000 NOK from Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund for the realization of a project entitled Sørkapp Marine Litter Cleanup (No 18/70). Marine litter is human-created waste that has deliberately or accidentally been released in a sea or ocean. It can be blown

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