The Bahamas is known for its pristine, world-class beaches. Anyone who’s spent time on a natural Bahamian beach knows these very beaches are no longer pristine; they’re covered with plastic of all shapes and sizes. How did it get there? What is it? Where did it come from?
The Bahamas Plastic Beach Project is a first-of-its-kind citizen science project that seeks to find answers to these questions. This comparative study assesses plastic debris concentrations across beaches in South Eleuthera, Bahamas. In the first two years of the project, we’ve engaged over 350 youth citizen scientists from schools across Eleuthera, Nassau, and the United States to compile a baseline dataset for plastic pollution data in South Eleuthera.