Trans-Pacific Plastic Pollution Survey

Our team will complete the first ever continent to continent marine debris survey leaving Oakland, California for Fukuoka, Japan using a high speed trawl net to generate a data set to add to the global understanding of how much marine debris is on the ocean’s surface and to discover how ocean plastics threaten marine life and human health.This project is run in collaboration with our partner 5 Gyres. Samples will also be analyzed for persistent organic pollutants (POP) such as PCB’s and pesticides through University of Tokyo’s International Pellet Watch Program. Samples will also be processed at Baltimore Underground Science Space. Water samples will be provided to Marine Environmental Research Institute through the Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation Program.

Monitoring Marine Life

To collect detection files of monitored marine life within across the Pacific Ocean to provide data to collective organizations such as Tagging of Pacific Predators for scientists to monitor migratory routes of tagged species.

We will sail over 7,000nm on a W.D. Schock Harbor 29.  The Harbor 29 is the latest design by WD Schock.  The boat is in many ways an extended version of the classic Harbor 25.   Our 42 foot research vessel is located in the Chesapeake Bay.  It would be very expensive and time consuming to move our main research vessel all the way to the west coast just for this Pacific Ocean marine plastics expedition.  By working with WD Schock we will be able to complete the longest marine plastics survey in history. We are planned to depart on April 13th, 2014  from The Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show in Oakland, California.

Movement Patterns of Pacific Ocean Predators