About us.

Howard Dryden the Founder, GOES Global Oceanic Environmental Survey

Dr Dryden is a Marine Biologist with a PhD in molecular sieve ion exchange filtration and is one of the leading authorities on Aquarium and Aquaculture life support systems (LSS). Public aquarium may contain 10,000 cubic meters of water and have a wide variety of fish and invertebrates. The industry is acutely aware of the issues regarding low pH and priority substances. Government and University climate and ocean scientists may study one species for several weeks or months, the aquarium industry works with thousands of species over decades.

The unique skill sets earned Howard Dryden a position on the Scottish Government Hydro-Nation Forum for Research and Communications, as well as a position on the European Union Business and Biodiversity Platform. "We do not have a sustainable world unless we deal with priority chemicals, and this is the focus of GOES and for the protection of marine biodiversity"



Plankton, the lungs of our world


Animals in danger from toxic priority chemicals


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Priority chemicals polluted drinking water and water treatment systems can't remove the chemicals

Up to 90% of the surface water supplies in India and China are grossly polluted. 60% of the water is almost impossible to treat as drinking water. 75% of ground water is also grossly contaminated by chemicals such as heavy metals and industrial pollutants. We are working in Bangladesh Dhaka, a city of some 22 million people, the city is set to run out of water by 2020 unless industry treat their waste water and practice environmental sustainable water treatment. GOES is about raising awareness about freshwater pollution and public health as it is about Oceanic water quality.

Priority chemicals such as endocrine disrupters are affecting everyone, in Europe and North America they are present in drinking water supplies. The concentrations may be below current detection levels, but this does not matter because they can be bio-accumulated or they can have an impact at very low concentrations. By way of example, we may be getting better at treating cancer, but the level continues to increase. 25 years ago 1 in 5 may contract cancer, it is now 1 in 3. Exposure to chemicals in the environment from water, food and air are the reasons.

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'Extraordinary' levels of pollutants found in 10km deep Mariana trench

The Guardian 13th Feb 2017

Newcastle University marine science department have discovered “extraordinary” levels of toxic pollution in the most remote and inaccessible place on the planet – the 10km deep Mariana trench in the Pacific Ocean.

Small crustaceans that live in the pitch-black waters of the trench, captured by a robotic submarine, were contaminated with 50 times more toxic chemicals than crabs that survive in heavily polluted rivers in China.

“We still think of the deep ocean as being this remote and pristine realm, safe from human impact, but our research shows that, sadly, this could not be further from the truth,” said Alan Jamieson of Newcastle University in the UK, who led the research.

“The fact that we found such extraordinary levels of these pollutants really brings home the long-term, devastating impact that mankind is having on the planet,” he said.

Jamieson’s team identified two key types of severely toxic industrial chemicals that were banned in the late 1970s, but do not break down in the environment, known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). These chemicals have previously been found at high levels in Inuit people in the Canadian Arctic and in killer whales and dolphins in western Europe.

The research, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, suggests that the POPs infiltrate the deepest parts of the oceans as dead animals and particles of plastic fall downwards. POPs accumulate in fat and are therefore concentrated in creatures up the food chain. They are also water-repellent and so stick to plastic waste.