Oceanwide Expeditions has this year completed the first “Cleaning the Shores of Svalbard”-expedition carried out solely by a cruise operator. During an eight day voyage to the remote northern part of Svalbard paying guests onboard an Oceanwide Expedition vessel picked an estimate of 13 m3 garbage from the region’s beaches. The garbage was removed from three beaches in the area of Raudfjorden, the remote Rijpfjorden, and Mushamna in Woodfjorden. Each beach cleaned yielded 4-5 m3 of garbage consisting mainly of fishing rope, nets, floats and plastic of various origins. The garbage was sorted onboard. With the assistance of the Governor of Svalbard, the garbage has now been disposed of in a proper manner. Oceanwide Expeditions is committed to sustainable tourism and is proud to have made a difference.
Peter Prokosch from Linking Tourism and Conservation has published this video about the expedition: https://youtu.be/fNA3l3X5kr4
Photo below kindly provided by Oceanwide Expeditions