5 Gyres study on ocean plastic pollution in PLoS ONE
Our partner, 5 Gyres, recently release a major study on plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. The study is a very big moment for public awareness around marine debris, plastic pollution, and our oceans.
We’re very happy that S.V. Sea Dragon was lucky to be part of a huge amount of the data collection through several ocean expedition, and we wish to congratulate everyone involved in this massive study. Let’s get more people involved with the solutions!
To read the study in the peer-reviewed journal, PLoS ONE, click here.
5 Gyres’ Dr. Marcus Eriksen hosted a Reddit AMA (Ask-Me-Anything) on the study. You can see the discussion thread from the AMA here.
And here’s a video of Dr. Eriksen talking about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. The video has several great shots from Pangaea’s S.V. Sea Dragon.
Here’s an excerpt from a news piece about the 5 Gyres study by The Washington Post — one of many news features on the study’s results:
“The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE by Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute in Los Angeles and a large group of colleagues, is based on data from 24 separate ocean expeditions, conducted between 2007 and 2013, to sample plastic pollution. Plastic was either observed from boats, or hauled up from the ocean by nets, in 1,571 locations. The data were then used to run an ocean model to simulate the amount and distribution of plastic debris.”
Congratulations again to everyone involved!