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  • Title: 5 Gyres – Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action
    Descriptive info: .. 5 Gyres - Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action.. Please Donate.. Check Out Our Blog.. Campaigns.. Follow us on Twitter.. Like us on Facebook.. SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER.. for a planet free of plastic pollution.. What Is The Problem.. Store.. Education & Exhibits.. See Global Research.. What Is The Solution.. Join an Expedition..

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    Descriptive info: What is the Issue.. The Problem.. The Solution.. Education and Exhibits.. Who we are.. Mission.. Advisors and Staff.. Organizations.. Sponsors.. Trawl Sponsors.. Contact.. How to get involved.. Action.. Projects.. Plastic Beach Project.. The Plastic Promise.. Expeditions.. Donate.. Travel Trawl.. E-Newsletter.. Iphone App.. What s happening now.. Blog.. Pictures.. Videos.. Map.. Press.. GIVE.. To Help Protect our Oceans.. Donate $25 or more.. You’ll receive our monthly newsletter, ‘Talking Trash’ which highlights the work of The 5 Gyre’s staff and volunteers around the world working to mitigate our  ...   the five subtropical oceanic gyres in the world, all collected on 5 Gyres expeditions.. The 5 Gyres Institute is a registered 501c3 in the state of California, United States.. All donations are tax-deductible.. Please support us today! And follow us on Facebook and Twitter.. Credit Card / Online.. $.. Mail.. Please mail check donations to:.. 5 Gyres Institute.. 550 E Rustic Rd.. Santa Monica CA 90402.. *All donations made to 5 Gyres are completely tax deductible as we are registered 501c3 organization.. 2013 5 Gyres Institute..

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  • Title: 5 Gyres – Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action -
    Descriptive info: Read Blog.. The latest on plastic pollution.. Sign up for our Email Newsletter.. Recent Posts.. Where s the little stuff go? or How about a bacteria-coated tasty bite of plastic pollution?.. September 3rd, 2013.. Plastic Beach Project: Get Involved.. August 26th, 2013.. Thank You Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco.. August 16th, 2013.. 2013 Great Lakes Expedition - We've arrived in Chicago!.. August 7th, 2013.. Ahoy! We'veGone To Sea.. ergh, um, LAKE!.. August 2nd, 2013.. Tags.. #whereitstarts.. 5 gyres.. Alderman Joe Moreno.. bag ban chicago.. balloons.. bay of bengal.. Bay School of San Francisco.. beach cleanup.. blue marbles.. Body Shop phase out microbeads.. boyan slat.. bring your bag.. facial scrubbers.. great lakes.. gyre cleanup.. hong kong nurdle spill.. indian ocean.. instagram contests.. international pellet watch.. johnson johnson.. johnson and johnson.. kamillo beach.. klean kanteen.. los angeles bag ban.. maldives.. manila bag ban.. marine debris.. marine litter.. microbead facial scrubbers.. microbeads.. monk seals.. north atlantic garbage patch.. north atlantic gyre.. ocean trash.. personal care products.. plastic litter.. plastic pollution.. plastic pollution great lakes.. proctor and gamble.. san francisco.. sargasso sea.. SeaChange.. Shige Takada.. The Body Shop.. unilever.. Search for:.. “Where’s the little stuff go?” or “How about a bacteria-coated tasty bite of plastic pollution?”.. Posted on:.. by.. Marcus Eriksen.. No Comments.. (1 is a piece of plastic, and 2-6 are the critters that live on it.. ) Why don’t we find the tiniest plastic particles in our nets? It’s always puzzled us why particles less than.. 5mm are less abundant than those between.. 5mm and 1mm.. You would think the opposite would be true, but remember [.. ].. Read More.. Carolynn Box.. 3 Comments.. We have just launched our new website for the Plastic Beach Project, a citizen scientist project that removes beach trash and systematically documents plastic pollution on beaches along the West Coast.. The ultimate goal is to develop a Plastic Pollution Report Card that designates and highlights the most plastic beaches along the West Coast.. Our focus is [.. 2 Comments.. Last weekend, 5 Gyres spread the word about plastic pollution and our research projects at the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, a festival that brings together  ...   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The 5 Gyres Institute Sets Sail For First Ever Plastic Pollution Study Of Lake Michigan Contact: Stiv Wilson, stiv@5gyres.. org, +1 503.. 913.. 7381 August 1st, 2013 ### On August 3rd, 2013, a team from The 5 Gyres Institute will launch an unprecedented expedition to quantify and report on the extent of plastic pollution in [.. Plastic Free Baby #7: Bali Beach Bums.. June 25th, 2013.. Anna Cummins.. 6 Comments.. Forgive me Gaia, I must come clean I used 2 diapers on the plane ride to Bali.. Not seventh generation, not chlorine-free, eco-friendly, shade-grown diapers, but straight up pampers.. My intention was to go G-diaper all the way, and show that yes, even on the road, traveling with your little one, cloth is doable.. VICTORY #3, BUT IT S NOT ENOUGH: TELL P G JANUARY 1, 2015 TO REMOVE PLASTIC BEADS.. June 24th, 2013.. 63 Comments.. TAKE ACTION NOW!! Last week, After a massive letter writing and social media blitz, The 5 Gyres Institute received word from Procter Gamble s Harald Schlatter, that Procter Gamble will remove plastic micro-beads from their products by 2017.. Though we applaud this move, The 5 Gyres Institute along with core campaign partners The Plastic [.. (Blog 5 of 6) Bay of Bengal Expedition “Bendy straw or deadly sea snake?” Wild Space is now Waste Space.. June 23rd, 2013.. It’s like that movie “Snakes on a Plane,” and here’s how I’d write the script.. The 5 Gyres team boards the S/V Mir for a two-week expedition to explore the newly discovered island in the middle of the Bay of Bengal.. They discover there’s no island, it’s not a vacation destination at all, but [.. (Blog 4 of 6) Bay of Bengal Expedition – OUR TRASHY TRAWLS Where’s it from and where’s it going?.. June 21st, 2013.. May 31, 2013 The AVANI trawl glides across the sea surface from 7pm till 7am the following morning.. The crew crowds around the cod end to see what the ocean delivered overnight.. This time it’s quarter full with salps and jellies, man-o-war, the insect halobates, a few isopods, crabs, myctophid fish are plentiful….. and a pencil.. Older Entries..

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  • Title: Campaigns - 5 Gyres - Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action - 5 Gyres – Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action
    Descriptive info: GET PLASTIC OFF MY FACE.. AND OUT OF MY WATER!.. TAKE ACTION!.. RECENT VICTORY!.. FURTHER READING:.. PLEASE DONATE.. BEAT THE MICRO BEAD.. is a Campaign To Stop The Flow of Plastic Micro-beads Used in Personal Care Products From Drain To Ocean.. Did you know that in the past decade, more and more personal care products sold in The United States and around the world contain micro-plastic particle abrasives employed as an exfoliant? We think this is one of the most egregious sources of plastic pollution because this plastic is.. actually designed.. to be washed down the drain.. WHAT ARE WE ASKING?.. Retailers to STOP selling consumer products that contain micro-plastics and micro-beads.. Manufactures to STOP using micro-plastics and micro-beads in consumer products worldwide and switch to organic materials that have the same performance attributes, but do not pollute the environment.. Consumers to check their products for plastic content and REFUSE to purchase them.. Legislators to execute a ban on micro-plastics and micro-beads in consumer products.. Together with our Global Partners,.. Plastic Free Seas.. (Hong Kong) (.. Plasticfreeseas.. org.. ) and.. The Plastic Soup Foundation.. (Netherlands) (.. plasticsoupfoundation.. ) it’s our goal to eliminate this plastic from all consumer products by demanding that companies cease using them in their products.. Why We Hate Micro-Beads.. Analyzing facial cleanser products, 5 Gyres estimates that a single product can contain over 300,000 of these beads! In samples taken from our expedition to The Great Lakes in 2012 we found these beads, in some cases numbering more than 600,000 per square kilometer! This  ...   such as apricot shells and cocoa beans can be used as a sustainable alternative to plastic.. We are confident that the scientific evidence of micro-plastics and micro-beads in the environment and a targeted, grassroots public awareness campaign will convince industry to end the use of micro-plastics in consumer products worldwide and switch to available alternatives.. That, in short is the goal of the campaign.. TALKING POINTS.. 1.. Products like facial scrubs, soaps and toothpaste contain thousands of polyethylene and polypropylene micro-plastic particles, ranging from 50-500 microns, or ½ mm in diameter.. 2.. Some products can have between 1-5% micro-beads.. 3.. One product, Neutrogena’s “Deep Clean”, contained an estimated 360,000 micro-beads in one tube.. 4.. These micro-beads do not embrace the “Cradle to Cradle” philosophy at all.. They are not recoverable, and are not benign in the environment.. They are designed to wash down the drain and into the environment.. 5.. Many sewage treatment facilities do not capture synthetic, floating particles the size of micro-beads, and during rainy days some treatment facilities let sewage overflow go right into our waterways.. 6.. Micro-plastics are persistent organic compounds that attract other pollutants in the environment, like DDT, PCBs, flame-retardants, and other industrial chemicals.. 7.. Micro-plastics, including micro-beads, have been found floating in America’s waters, as evidenced by our findings in The Great Lakes during our 2012 expedition.. 8.. Micro-plastic particles have been found in fish, marine mammals and reptiles, and in the digestive and circulatory systems of mussels and worms.. 9.. Fish that humans harvest have been known to eat micro-plastic particles..

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  • Title: The Problem - 5 Gyres - Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action - 5 Gyres – Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action
    Descriptive info: Plastics: made to last forever, designed to throw away.. Consumption.. We live in a throwaway culture.. Nearly every food product we buy.. Take a look around you- most of what we eat, drink, or use in any way comes packaged in petroleum plastic- a material designed to last forever, yet used for products that we then throw away.. This throwaway mentality is a relatively recent phenomenon.. Just a generation ago, we packaged our products in reusable or recyclable materials – glass, metals, and paper, and designed products that would last.. Today, our landfills and beaches are awash in plastic packaging, and expendable products that have no value at the end of their short lifecycle.. The short-term convenience of using and throwing away plastic products carries a very inconvenient long-term truth.. These plastic water bottles, cups, utensils, electronics, toys, and gadgets we dispose of daily are rarely recycled in a closed loop.. We currently recover only 5% of the plastics we produce.. What happens to the rest of it? Roughly 50% is buried in landfills, some is remade into durable goods, and much of it remains “unaccounted for”, lost in the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea.. Go to Pollution.. Pollution.. Around the world, plastic pollution.. Around the world, plastic pollution has become a growing plague, clogging our waterways, damaging marine ecosystems, and entering the marine food web.. Much of the plastic trash we generate on land flows into our oceans through storm drains and watersheds.. It falls from garbage and container trucks, spills out of trashcans, or is tossed carelessly.. In the ocean, some of these plastics- Polycarbonate, Polystrene, and PETE- sink, while LDPE, HDPE, Polypropylene, and foamed plastics float on the oceans surface.. Sunlight and wave action cause these floating plastics to fragment, breaking into increasingly smaller particles, but never completely disappearing- at least on  ...   with several smaller gyres in Alaska and Antarctica.. Marine researchers don’t yet know the extent to which plastic pollution exists in the world’s oceans.. Because petroleum plastics are.. Accumulation.. As more plastic trash flows from.. …our watersheds to the sea, scientists are finding that plastic debris is accumulating in the each of the 5 oceanic gyres.. Research conducted by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation highlighted the Pacific Garbage Patch”, an area of plastic accumulation in the North Pacific between California and Hawaii.. Studies by the Sea Education Association, (SEA), in the Atlantic have documented plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Gyre.. North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone.. As plastic particles circulate through oceans, they act as sponges for waterborne contaminants such as PCBs, DDT and other pesticides, PAHs and many hydrocarbons washed through our watersheds.. These persistent organic pollutants, called “POPs”, absorb and adsorb onto plastic pollution in high concentrations.. Plastic pollution is not a benign material in the ocean.. Scientists are studying whether these POPs transfer to the marine organisms that mistakingly consume them.. Ingestion.. Wait, fish aren t supposed to eat plastic?.. 44% of all seabird species, 22% of.. Cetaceans, all sea turtle species, and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies.. When marine animals consume plastic trash, presumably mistaking it for food, this can lead to internal blockages, dehydration, starvation, and potentially death.. Also of deep concern for societies are the potential human health impacts of toxic chemicals entering the marine food chain through plastics.. Science is beginning to ask the question: do chemicals such as PCBs and DDTs that sorb onto plastic pellets get into the tissues and blood of the animals that eat plastic? Do these chemicals work their way up the food chain, becoming increasingly concentrated and potentially entering our bodies when we eat seafood?..

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  • Title: Education and Exhibits - 5 Gyres - Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action - 5 Gyres – Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action
    Descriptive info: Education And Exhibits.. Teaching & lectures about plastic pollution.. Saving our Synthetic Seas:.. A traveling exhibit about the lives of people impacted by plastic pollution, from scientists at sea, to wastepickers in India, all the way to Japan where tsunami survivors sift through mountains of debris.. Here we tell a story about science, through art and personal experience.. Thanks to a grant from the California Coastal Commission, we are traveling across California in 2013 and 2014 to museums, science centers, galleries and aquariums.. Download.. this.. PDF.. to learn more about Saving Our Synthetic Seas.. For more information or to have this exhibit at your venue, contact us.. info@5gyres.. SCHOOL CURRICULUM.. Aligned to science standards, there are 14 activities divided into K-3, 4-6, 7-12, all about Plastic in the Ocean Environment.. "I was looking for a way to integrate the issue of plastic pollution into my science class that fit with the science framework we are already using.. 5 Gyres produced what I was looking for.. " Los Angeles USD Science Teacher.. K-3.. Plastic Pollution Can Be Deadly.. Storm Drain Connection.. What is a Watershed.. There is No Away.. World of Waste.. 4-6.. Landfill in a Bottle.. Spill Spread.. 7-12.. Identifying Plastics.. Packaging Your Product.. Plastic Ingestion by Laysan  ...   get the kit, please go to our.. donate page.. and donate $275.. We'll send it to you right away.. See a description of the contents here.. To order this kit contact us at.. SCHOOL ASSEMBLY.. PLASTIC MARINE POLLUTION: Research and Adventure Across the World’s Oceans.. You’ll get two 45-minute assembly programs for up to 200 students each.. We will talk the science of plastic waste in the oceans, about our sailing adventures around the world, and focus on solutions to the plastics pollution problem.. What are “Gyres” and “Garbage Patches”.. What are the ecological impacts, and chemical effects?.. What is plastic, it’s benefit to society and true costs to the oceans?.. What solutions are happening in industry, government and your community?.. Our program is appropriate for grades 3-12, with content and vocabulary changing with grade level.. California State Science Standards (.. http://bit.. ly/a1YGBs.. ) discussed here are: (Grade 4 – 3a,b) (Grade 5 – 4a,b,c,d,e) (Grade 6 – 5b,c,d) and (Grade 9-12 – Bio/life Sci.. 6 b,c,d; Earth Sci 5 a-g).. Investigation and Experimentation for all grades – Students will learn how scientists answer questions with field work, recording data, then adding new information to what is already known through publications.. For information or to book a program contact:..

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  • Title: The Solution - 5 Gyres - Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action - 5 Gyres – Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action
    Descriptive info: There is no single solution to the plastic waste problem.. Reduction.. Legislation.. Innovation.. Recovery.. The vast majority of plastics consumed by society are not recovered or recycled.. Take this challenge:.. Walk into any grocery or department store and try to fill a grocery cart with individual products that are not made from, packaged, or labeled with plastic.. Though some products, like plastic bottles, have a recovery plan, most do not.. Even fewer are truly recycled.. Plastic lost at sea is an environmental and potential human health hazard.. We must demand zero tolerance for plastic pollution.. Reducing our consumption and production of plastic waste, and choosing cost-effective alternatives will go a long way towards protecting our seas- and ultimately ourselves.. Junk Raft.. Powerful ideas left idle change nothing- we need everyone to get on board.. Be the change you seek.. Inspire your company, community, school, and home to consider what they make and consume.. Know the lifecycle of what you buy- what happens to your products when you re through with them? Shift some habits as you go along- commit to put your bags in the car, to not use plastic bottles, etc.. Support legislative efforts to manage waste in your local community- your voice must be heard! Bring your own bag, bottle,  ...   durable products, create less waste, and reduce the financial burden on municipalities and taxpayers paying to reduce waste.. Window Farms.. Klean Kanteen.. The mother of invention is.. Necessity and we are in need of a huge change! Our capacity to come up with smarter approaches, ideas, and materials is limitless.. Businesses must continue reinventing the way we make and consume our products, helping to forge a more sustainable world, and supporting communities that demand better alternatives.. Responsible legislation creates opportunity for these alternatives.. Steel water bottles and cloth grocery bags, biodegradable plastics and green chemistry, closed loop product lifecycles – these innovations and reinventions move us towards a more sustainable society, where the concept of waste has no place.. The further plastic pollution moves away from our hands, the more difficult to recover.. Recovery begins on land.. Cleaning up plastic pollution from the world’s oceans is impractical.. Our communities manage waste with landfills and recovery centers, screens on stormdrains and nets across rivers, but these post-consumer solutions are expensive to taxpayers.. What works are economic incentives: return deposits on bottles, return deposits on products (EPR), and even a “Plastic Drive” for local schools to collect all types of plastic for $/pound.. Efficient recovery of waste is essential- there is no away in throw-away..

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  • Title: Expeditions - 5 Gyres - Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action - 5 Gyres – Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action
    Descriptive info: Affilated Organizations.. And like minded groups.. North Atlantic Gyre Expedition, June 10th-16th 2013.. 5 Gyres has a rare opportunity for guest crew to explore the North Atlantic Gyre this upcoming summer on a shorter mission to the Sargasso Sea.. This expedition, seven days/six nights will depart from Bermuda and sail aboard our partner vessel, The 72 Foot Sea Dragon, to Newport, Rhode Island.. Guest crew with join the 5 Gyres team in collecting data from the ocean surface on plastic density and type, trawling every 40-50 nautical miles around the clock as we head Northwestward to our final destination in Newport.. Typically, our expeditions require a month commitment, but due to overwhelming demand from our community, we’ve developed a shorter expedition so that we can take guest crew into the gyre to see firsthand how marine plastic pollution manifests in the oceans but with a much shorter time commitment.. Guests will contribute to every aspect of the expedition, participating in the day to day operation of the boat, as well as sampling.. Crew will learn the science of data collection by 5 Gyres staff and our professional captains.. No sailing experience is necessary, but we do ask our crew to possess basic swimming skills.. During the journey, we will document the experience at sea through film and still photography and crew are invited to contribute to our satellite communications describing the experience through blogs and personal reflections.. Each evening, during the dinner hour, 5 Gyres will lead the crew in programming on the science of marine plastic pollution, the solutions to the problem, and how ultimately these factors help inform policy and better packaging design aimed at curbing the flow of plastic into our world’s oceans.. We will also develop a short film about the expedition, featuring our expedition team.. Guest crew are encouraged to spend a few days on the ground with us in Bermuda beforehand, surveying beaches and participating in outreach events with the Bermudian people.. We will also organize a landing event in Newport, Rhode Island.. As always, it’s 5 Gyres mission to give our community a firsthand, authentic vantage of the problem as it persists from gyre central.. As researchers, educators and policymakers, we recognize that to solve this problem we need people from all walks of life armed with personal knowledge of the state of our oceans.. Join us!.. Crew are asked to contribute the cost of underwriting their seat on the boat; $3,000.. We are asking for a deposit of $1,500 by April 1st with the remaining balance by May 1st.. Space is limited and crew positions are secured on a first come, first serve basis.. This expedition is now filled.. Please stay tuned for announcements of upcoming expeditions in 2014.. Previous Expeditions.. 2012.. 2011.. 2010.. 2009.. 2008.. 2003.. 2012 Japan Tsunami Debris Field.. On June 10, 2012 the Sea Dragon found its weather window to depart Yokohama, Japan to begin a four-week expedition across the North Pacific Gyre, nearly 3800 miles to Maui, Hawaii.. Our target area was between 30°-35°N and 165°E to 170°W.. This is based on the location of the Japanese Tsunami Debris Field predicted by Nikolai Maximenko from the  ...   raced around the Cape of South Africa so the Dutch could trade with India.. In 2010 5 Gyres Institute staff were invited to sail from Perth, Australia to Mauritius to collect the first sea surface samples of plastic marine pollution from the Indian Ocean Gyre.. We discovered a new garbage patch in the Indian Ocean Gyre.. During this voyage we also invented the Hi-Speed Trawl so that we could effectively collect samples of the sea surface at 10 knots, which is three times faster than the manta trawl tow speed.. North Atlantic Gyre 2010.. In January 2010 a crew of 12 sailors, scientist, educators and artists set sail from St.. Thomas in the Caribbean for Bermuda to the north, and the Azores to the east.. The first leg traveled 2,000 miles through the western region of the N.. Atlantic Gyre, followed by the second leg, 3000 miles to the Azores through the undescribed eastern region.. We found plastic marine pollution in every trawl.. JUNK Ride 2009.. One year after the JUNK raft, 5 Gyres staff embarked on a two-month cycling tour 2000 miles from Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico, bringing attention to the rising tide of plastic in our oceans.. We gave presentations in 40 cities, and put samples of plastic pollution from the North Pacific Gyre in the right hands, like the mayors of Edmonds, WA, Portland, OR, and San Jose, Santa Cruz and San Francisco in California.. We gave dozens more to other legislators, educators, and organizations like Surfrider.. In Sacramento, CA we organized a conference about plastic pollution in cooperation with the CA Dept.. of Toxic Substance Control, including placement of the JUNK raft on the Capitol steps.. JUNK Raft 2008.. JUNK raft drifted 2,600 miles in 88 long days from California to Hawaii to bring attention to the rapid increase of plastic marine pollution in the world’s oceans.. The crew outran three hurricanes.. Running out of food, they began fishing for sustenance.. A thousand miles from land in all directions, they hooked a rainbow runner, only to find its stomach filled with toxin-laden plastic particles.. North Pacific Gyre Expeditions 2008.. In 2008 the founders of 5 Gyres Institute joined Capt.. Charles Moore, founder of Algalita, for a month at sea through the Eastern Garbage Patch of the North Pacific Gyre.. They found plastic, and out of 671 Lantern Fish caught in the surface trawls, 35% had microplastic particles in their stomachs.. In 2011 Marcus Eriksen led Algalita’s 9th expedition through the same region.. Mississippi River 2003.. In 2003 Marcus Eriksen launched a plastic bottle raft in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, beginning a 2000-mile, 5 month float through 10 states, down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico.. The “Bottle Rocket” was created with 232 2-liter plastic bottles, two old bicycles and a car seat from a junkyard.. The Mississippi River is the greatest watershed in North America, washing the waste of a nation down streets, storm drains, streams and rivers to the sea.. Two years later Hurricane Katrina devastated the river delta.. Eriksen and his colleague, Mike Rowinski, surveyed plastic pollution in the waterways, bays and barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico.. +.. -..

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  • Title: See Global Research - 5 Gyres - Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action - 5 Gyres – Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action
    Descriptive info: Collecting research from the worlds oceans.. "Plastics are the lubricant of globalization" ~Captain Charles Moore.. *Click on Gyre to see research.. North Pacific Gyre.. Plastic Pollution Research.. The Quantitative Distribution And Characteristics Of Neuston Plastic in the North Pacific Ocean.. Day, 1989.. Marine debris collects within the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone.. Pichel, W.. A Comparison of Plastic and Plankton in the North Pacific Central Gyre.. Moore, 2001.. South Pacific Gyre.. Floating marine debris surface drift: Convergence and accumulation toward the South Pacific subtropical gyre.. lodie Martineza, Keitapu Maamaatuaiahutapua, Vincent Taillandier.. North Atlantic Gyre.. Plastic Particles in Surface Waters of the Northwestern Atlantic.. Colton, 1974.. Plastics on the Sargasso Sea Surface.. Carpenter, 1972.. Plastic in the North Atlantic.. Oceanus, vol.. 30:61-68.. Wilber, R.. J.. 1987.. South Atlantic Gyre.. Plastic Debris in the Surface Waters of the South Atlantic.. Robert J.. Morris.. Indian Ocean Gyre.. Natural and Plastic Plotsam Stranding In The Indian Ocean.. David K.. A.. Barnes.. Ocean currents carry floating debris into the 5 subtropical gyres.. This computer model uses drifter buoy data to predict the accumulation zones in the 5 gyres.. Learn more read:.. "Tracking Ocean Debris".. Plastic pollution accumulates in oceanic gyres.. Tracking Ocean Debris.. Maximenko, 2008.. Natural and Plastic Flotsam Stranding In The Indian Ocean.. Plastic pollution dominates marine debris.. The pollution of the marine environment by plastic debris: a review.. Derraik, 2002.. Accumulation and fragmentation of plastic debris in global environments.. Plastic degrades at sea.. Environmental Degradation of Plastic Under Land and Marine Exposure Conditions.. Andrady, 1989.. International Research Workshop on the Occurrence, Effects, and Fate of Microplastic Marine Debris.. NOAA Conference in Tacoma, WA, 2008.. New contamination derived from marine debris plastic.. Saido etal.. , 2009.. Fouling and Degradation of Polycarbonate in Seawater: Field and Lab Studies.. Artham and Doble, 2009.. Plastic absorbs and releases chemicals.. Transport and release of chemicals from plastics to the environment and to wildlife.. Teuten etal.. Plastic Resin Pellets as a Transport Medium for Toxic Chemicals in the Marine Environment.. Mato et.. al.. , 2001.. Potential for Plastics to Transport Hydrophobic Contaminants.. Teuten, 2007.. A Brief Analysis of Organic Pollutants Sorbed to Pre and Post- Production Plastic Particles from the Los Angeles and San Gabriel River Watersheds.. Moore et.. , 2007.. Persistent organic pollutants carried by synthetic polymers in the ocean environment.. Rios et.. Animals eat or tangle in plastic pollution.. Plastic ingestion by Laysan Albatross chicks on Sand Island, Midway Atoll, in 1994 and 1995.. Heidi J.. Auman et al.. In Albatross Biology and Conservation, pp239-44, 1997.. Leatherback  ...   to collect 50 surface samples from each of the North and South Atlantic gyres.. The trawl, towed behind the vessel at 2.. 5-3.. 5 knots, will collect surface debris greater than 333 microns.. These samples will be sorted into size and type of plastic.. Finally we will measure the total weight of plastic pollution compared to the area and volume of the sea we sampled.. “Are surface foraging fish in the Sargasso Sea ingesting micro-plastic particles?”.. Foraging nocturnal fish caught during our expeditions are dissected to analyze stomach contents.. Stomach contents will be sorted and weighed.. Tissue samples will be preserved for future analysis for persistent organic pollutants.. “How do we analyze our samples?”.. Sea surface samples are returned to the lab for analysis.. Marine life is separated from plastic pollution.. The plastic is divided into different size classes, and further separated by type and color.. Each of these groups is then counted and weighed.. This data is then used to publish descriptive research papers.. Have Trawl- Will Travel.. In order to understand if plastic pollution exists in the 5 gyres, we have built 5 trawls to loan to vessels of opportunity.. If you’re sailing through one of the 5 gyres, considering borrowing one of our small research trawls to collect scientific samples.. Our new “Suitcase Manta Trawl” and “Winged Trawl” include easy protocols, which can be used by anyone to get valuable data.. The objectives and methods are simple:.. Step 1.. We send you a trawl with easy instructions.. Step 2.. You sail, collect samples and dry them out according to our protocols.. Step 3.. You mail the trawl to the next sailor somewhere in the world.. Step 4.. We process the samples and import data to 5gyres.. The Suitcase Manta Trawl.. The Suitcase Manta Trawl has a 60cm wide mouth that dips 25cm into the sea surface.. Tow it behind your vessel for a few miles at 2-3 knots.. The removable sock at the end of the net captures what we’re looking for.. For shipping, the wings are removed, and the entire trawl is packaged in a medium-size suitcase.. The Winged Trawl.. The Winged Trawl has a 40cm wide mouth that dips 25cm into the sea surface.. The procedures are all the same.. This trawl is easier to transport and store on a sailboat.. It can be deployed from the side or rear of the boat, as long as it remains outside of the boat’s wake.. Contact us for more information about our protocols and loan program.. Contact Us..

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  • Title: Mission - 5 Gyres - Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action - 5 Gyres – Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action
    Descriptive info: Vision.. Our vision is to witness plastic pollution decline in the environment until it is no longer found in the world’s oceans.. Our mission is to conduct research and communicate about the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans and employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres.. Goals To Reach Mission.. To understand the impact of plastic pollution we study the 5 subtropical gyres by sailing through them.. Together with our partners, Pangaea Explorations and Algalita Marine  ...   about the global impact of plastic pollution, we share our findings through multimedia outlets and peer-reviewed publications.. These include print and television media, websites and blogs, lectures and school outreach, and a traveling exhibition about plastic pollution to museums, science centers and aquariums.. To eliminate plastic pollution we employ strategies that work.. To stop the flow of plastic to the sea we advocate new materials, better designed products, fair legislation, and engage in consumer education.. Post-consumer cleanup efforts focus on coastal and island debris removal and mitigation..

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  • Title: Advisors and Staff - 5 Gyres - Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action - 5 Gyres – Understanding Plastic Pollution Through Exploration, Education, and Action
    Descriptive info: Staff.. Marcus Eriksen is currently the Executive Director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute.. He received his Ph.. D.. in Science Education from University of Southern California in 2003, months before embarking on a 2000-mile, 5-month journey down the Mississippi River on a homemade raft.. His experience on the river led to a career studying the ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution, which has included expeditions sailing 35,000 miles through all 5 subtropical gyres to discover new garbage patches of plastic pollution in the Southern Hemisphere.. Still rafting, his most recent adventure sent him and a colleague across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii on JUNK, a homemade raft floating on 15,000 plastic bottles and a Cessina airplane fuselage as a cabin (.. junkraft.. com.. ).. The journey, 2,600 miles in 88 days, brought attention to the work of the 5 Gyres Institute, the organization he co-founded with his wife Anna Cummins.. Together, they co-founded 5 Gyres, which is committed to marine conservation through continued research, education and adventure, studying and lecturing about the plague of plastic waste in our watersheds and in the sea.. His first book, titled “My River Home” (Beacon Press, 2007) chronicled his Mississippi River experience paralleled with his tour as a Marine in the 1991 Gulf War.. The experience of war, sailing across the gyres with diverse crews, and long rafting voyages, have led to a strong conservation ethic worth fighting for.. “We must understand and define conservation as self-preservation – a rationale that crosses all boundaries between all people.. ”.. Anna Cummins has over 10 years of experience in environmental non-profit work, education, writing, and campaign development.. She has worked in marine conservation, coastal watershed management, sustainability education, and high school ecology instruction.. Anna received her undergraduate in History from Stanford University, and her Masters in International Environmental Policy from the Monterey Institute for International Studies.. In 2001, Anna received a fellowship from the Sustainable Communities Leadership Program, to work with Santa Cruz based non-profit Save Our Shores, coordinating bilingual outreach education and community relations.. In 2007 Anna joined the Algalita Marine Research Foundation as education adviser, conducting school outreach and giving public presentations on plastic marine pollution.. With Algalita, Anna completed a month long, 4,000-mile research expedition studying plastic debris in the North Pacific Gyre, and a 2,000 mile cycling/speaking tour from Vancouver to Mexico, giving talks about plastic pollution.. Anna and her husband Marcus Eriksen recently co-founded 5 Gyres, in collaboration with Algalita and Pangaea Explorations, to research and communicate plastic pollution in the worlds oceans.. Anna was elected a National Fellow of the Explorers Club in 2010.. Carolynn Box is the Environmental Coordinator for 5 Gyres Institute, where she helps run their environmental and education programs, and has participated in three research voyages to the South Atlantic, North Pacific and Western Pacific Garbage Patches.. She received a Master s from University of Rhode Island in Marine Affairs in 2005 and worked in the field of Coastal Management for seven years in San Francisco Bay until she met Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen, co-founders of 5 Gyres Institute.. After her first voyage, she decided to change the course of her life and apply her science and organizing background to efforts to fight plastic pollution.. Carolynn lives in San Francisco and can be found at one of the local beaches.. Stiv J.. Wilson.. Wilson serves as 5 Gyres Director of Communications and Campaigns, as well as the coordinator of corporate giving.. His duties at 5 Gyres include, organizational strategic planning, campaign design and execution, grassroots organizing, marketing the 5 Gyres mission, and building strategic partnerships with environmentally sensitive corporations as well as like minded NGOs.. Stiv has been with 5 Gyres since its first expedition, documenting and communicating The 5 Gyres mission to the public.. A media entrepreneur and environmental journalist by training, Stiv writes for various publications on ocean issues and is a frequent contributor to The Surfer s Journal.. During his tenure at 5 Gyres he has lead and contributed to successful campaigns to mitigate plastic bag pollution in cities all over the country as well banning single-use plastic water bottles in Grand Canyon National Park.. On behalf of 5 Gyres he consults on plastic bag, plastic bottle and extended producer responsibility (EPR) legislation and speaks frequently around the world on his work at 5 Gyres.. His interest in plastic marine pollution came from being an Oregon surfer concerned with the state of its beaches, a concern which lead him to seek out 5 Gyres founders, Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins.. His first expedition with them in The North Atlantic, seeing for the first time the consequence of plastics in the environment, as it manifests at sea, was a watershed moment that compelled him to quit his journalism job and join 5 Gyres as its first employee.. Since then, he s now sailed over 20,000 nautical miles with the 5 Gyres team, to four of the five subtropical oceanic gyres.. He s a two time recipient of The Surfrider Foundation s prestigious Wavemaker Award for Excellence in Environmental Activism and consults on the United Nations Environment Program s Marine Litter Task Force.. He s an avid surfer and sailor and does laundry between trips in Portland, Oregon.. He has a extremely cute dog named Porkchop who can actually duck-dive waves.. Leslie Moyer.. A Bay Area native and intrepid environmentalist, Leslie has been working in the nonprofit and community sectors for the last seven years.. Through numerous independent travel experiences, service training and volunteering, Leslie has developed a deep-rooted enthusiasm for environmental advocacy both at home and abroad.. Leslie was on the 5 Gyres research expedition to the North Atlantic Gyre in January and February of 2009, and will be researching plastic debris in the South Atlantic Ocean aboard the Sea Dragon in January and February of 2011.. Leslie is dedicated to raising awareness in her community of waste-reduction, plastic pollution, sustainability and marine health; she currently works in development and public relations for the 5 Gyres Institute.. Michelle Nakamura.. A native of the South Bay of Los Angeles, Michelle spent her summer days as a youth at the beach, where she first fell in love with the sea.. But her real love for the ocean grew when she became a certified scuba diver and was absolutely amazed by the incredible world full of life and beauty beneath the surface.. Prior to this experience, Michelle earned a bachelors degree from UCLA in Psychology and a masters degree in Sociology from Keio University, one of the top universities in Japan.. She then started a promising career in Marketing and Advertising but became disenchanted by the industry and wanted  ...   in Canada during his childhood.. Elan graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor s degree in Biology and Anthropology, which included attending a study abroad program in Tropical Biology taught in the rain forests of Costa Rica.. Elan holds Masters degrees in both Biological Anthropology and Cinema from the University of Southern California, and is currently working on a documentary film project with 5 Gyres founders Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins.. He has served on several non-profit boards of directors.. Kalika Yap.. CEO Founder, Citrus Studios, Inc.. / Luxe Link / The Waxing Company.. A native of Honolulu, Kalika Yap attended NYU where she found the everyday activity of life in New York – from subway and taxi rides to visits to the Union Square Farmer’s Market – exhilarating.. A journalism major, Kalika worked for several media firms including Bloomberg and CNBC until 1996 when she uprooted herself again, and moved out west to Los Angeles.. Kalika, an early adopter of the world wide web, immersed herself in the still little understood internet.. She quickly realized the vast global potential of the web, which she parlayed into a position at the Los Angeles Culture Net, a collaborative initiative project of the Getty Information Institute and California Culture Net.. She developed web curriculum and web site design workshops for individual artists, art educational institutions, and students K-12, all the while developing an affinity for the creative professional community.. While at the J.. Paul Getty Trust, as a web developer, Kalika interacted directly with non-profit organizations during which time she discovered her true appreciation for non-profit, mission-driven work.. As a result, to this day, she integrates the value-based culture of philanthropy within all her business units.. In 1999, Kalika founded Citrus Studios, Inc.. , an award-winning interactive design and consulting agency focused on the development and implementation of engaging and effective web sites for corporations, institutions, museums and universities.. Citrus Studios counts the Annenberg Foundation, USC, UCLA, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as some of their clients.. Kalika is the inventor and patent design owner of Luxe Link, a unique fashion accessory responsible for keeping thousands of women’s purses off the floor.. Luxe Link has been featured on the Today’s Show and is available in over 70 International and US stores, as well as online.. During the pits of the 2009 recession, Kalika took a leap of faith and launched a new business – The Waxing Company; the first high-end waxing company to arrive in Honolulu.. Kalika’s conservative projections of profitability were proven wrong when she turned a profit within 120 days of launch.. Despite owning three successful entrepreneurial endeavors, Kalika’s most treasured company is that of her family – her husband Rodney and their two daughters.. Both Kalika’s work family and personal family are located in Santa Monica where she feels most at home.. Awards:.. 2010 NAWBO LA “Rising Star” Awardee.. 2011 Farmers® Insurance Extraordinary Entrepreneur Trailblazer Award.. 2011 Citrus Studios was voted “Tech Firm of the Year” by the Asian Business Association.. 2013 Anti-Defamation League’s Deborah Award.. Scientific Advisors.. Captain Charles Moore.. Founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, Captain Charles Moore has logged over 100,000 miles of research voyages studying plastic marine pollution.. He is the lead author of three scientific papers on plastic particulate pollution published in Marine Pollution Bulletin and Environmental Research, and is a world-renowned investigator in this field.. His voyages to the Eastern Garbage Patch of the North Pacific Gyre have been featured in US News World Report, Natural History, The New York Times, Discover, the CBS evening news with Dan Rather, The Osgood File, NBC s Nightline, NPR s All Things Considered , and Rolling Stone Magazine.. He recently completed the longest research voyage ever taken through the gyre, a 7,000 mile journey from Los Angeles past the International Date line and back to Hawaii 7 weeks at sea.. Bill McKibben.. Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming and alternative energy and advocates for more localized economies.. In 2010 the Boston Globe called him probably the nation s leading environmentalist and Time magazine described him as the world s best green journalist.. In 2009 he led the organization of.. 350.. , which coordinated what Foreign Policy magazine called the largest ever global coordinated rally of any kind, with 5,200 simultaneous demonstrations in 181 countries.. The magazine named him to its inaugural list of the 100 most important global thinkers, and MSN named him one of the dozen most influential men of 2009.. Bill is a frequent contributor to various magazines including The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper s, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, The New York Review of Books, Granta, Rolling Stone, and Outside.. He is also a board member and contributor to Grist Magazine.. Bill has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000.. He has honorary degrees from Green Mountain College, Unity College, Lebanon Valley College and Sterling College.. Chelsea Rochman.. Chelsea Rochman is a PhD student with the University of California, Davis and San Diego State University, studying the trophic effects of persistent organic contaminants’ adsorption to plastic debris in the marine environment.. Her current fieldwork explores contaminant adsorption to plastics around San Diego County as well as in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, where she is a part of the science crew of the SEAPLEX cruise with Scripps Institution of Oceanography.. This fall, Chelsea will journey across the South Atlantic with 5 Gyres to explore similar toxicological questions.. Her ultimate career is dedicated to developing a better understanding of marine debris to inform science, policy and the public through outreach and communications.. Dr.. Sam Mason.. Sherri “Sam” Mason graduated cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin before completing her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Montana as a NASA Earth System Science scholar.. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.. In addition to her primary academic role she serves as the coordinator of the Environmental Sciences program and the Sustainability Coordinator for the FACE Center.. As one of the founding members of Fredonia’s Sustainability Committee, she initiated “Earth Week” in 2008 as a series of campus and community events meant to highlight and heighten awareness about the plethora of environmental issues facing our world.. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Dr.. Mason serves pro bono as an Air Pollution expert for a number of citizen action groups including Keep Erie’s Environment Protected (KEEP) and the Crawford Area Residents for the Environment (CARE).. Her teaching responsibilities include courses in Environmental Chemistry, Consumer Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and seminar courses for the Environmental Sciences program..

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