samples taken / year
Reclaiming waters for water sports
CURL: Analyzing surfers’ exposure to chemical pollution in the ocean
Are surfers endangering their health while practicing their favorite activity? The ocean is polluted by chemicals, but there is currently no study showing their consequences on our body. The CURL project aims to assess swimmers’ and surfers’ level of exposure to chemical pollutants.
Chemical pollution is generated by the release of chemical products from both industrial and domestic sources and can result from the use of pesticides, detergents or heavy metals. Currently, chemical pollution is still not taken into account in bathing water quality control,yet it poses a major risk to both human and marine life.
Surfrider Europe has developed laboratory research over the course of many years in the field of bathing water treatment. Thanks to regular analyses carried out locally, researchers have been able to accurately monitor changes in water quality. Today, all of these research results contribute to Surfrider Europe's goal of making them more accessible to users and standardised across Europe.
Monitoring chemical water quality
Surfrider wants to know more about emerging forms of pollution. To do so, we added chemical pollutants to the list of parameters we monitor. Our goal is to better understand the origins of chemical pollution as well as its consequences on marine ecosystems and human health. Our Mediterranean laboratory is a reference on this matter. They conduct bibliographical and experimental research on health risks related to chemicals found in the environment as well as research into the presence of hydrocarbons on our coasts. We perform 300?chemical analyses each year, mainly on hydrocarbons but also on cadmium, mercury, alkylphenols, parabens, phthalates, and fertilizers.