Trans-Pacific Plastic Pollution Survey

Our team  completed the first ever continent to continent marine debris survey leaving Sausolito, California for Yokohama, Japan on April 26th 2014, 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 was run in collaboration with our Save or Seas Foundation and with counsel from 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.

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Anne Arundel County STEM middle students interacted with our team as they crossed the ocean by creating a co-written BLOG. This BLOG was re-posted on their local Sierra Club website. The task was to inform others about problems with plastics in the oceans

and possible solutions. To read blog click the graphic below!

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We sailed nearly 7,000nm on Sakura 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. By working with WD Schock we were able to complete the longest marine plastics survey in history. Sakura departed after the The Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show in Oakland, California. Read Matt’s BLOG from this expedition! Click here.