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5 Gyres study on ocean plastic pollution in PLoS ONE

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.

The 2012 Asia Pacific Expedition: A STORY OF SUCCESS.

The 2012 Asia Pacific Expedition A SUCCESS STORY Yes, the voyage of many successes in spite of the odds against it. The 2012 Algalita/5 Gyres Asia Pacific Expedition, although hampered by severe weather and all manner of obstacles on Leg 2, met most of its goals […]

Adventurers sail through wave of tsunami debris–from the Guardian.

Adventurers sail through wave of tsunami debris Team track tsunami debris from Japan’s disaster to gain insight into how plastic pollution travels across the world’s oceans The floating dock from Japan that has washed up on a beach in Oregon, US. Photograph: Reuters/Oregon parks department […]

Chasing A Tsunami, Following a Typhoon, It’s On Baby.

Our expeditions are kind of like summer camp for plastic nerds. Yes, we have real research to conduct, but that doesn’t make us any less nerdy.  And if there is one thing all the partners who brought this voyage to life, Algalita, 5 Gyres, and […]

Meet the Crew–Leg 2 Asia Pacific Expedition

Marcus Eriksen – Research Expedition Leader Marcus Eriksen 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 […]

Volunteering in Fukushima-

Hi everyone, 8 of us traveled north of Fukushima to volunteer with a relief organization.  We helped an 80 yr. old woman by shoveling 5 tons of rock away from the back of her house.  We spent the night, then rented a car to drive […]

Update from the Sea Dragon’s crew-What does a garbage patch look like?

Today the Expedition crew encountered some big plastic garbage northwest of the the Marshalls (click here to see the position of where it was found– zoom out to get landmass context) These pictures just came through on email from our team at sea just a […]

FISH ON! Wahoo! No Plastic in Her Stomach

“Fish on!” Hank yells.  I can hear it through the small window that divides my bunk, where I was sleeping, to the back deck, where Hank, Tyler and Shanlee are gathered to reel in our first catch of the trip. “It’s a tuna…no…a Wahoo,” Shanlee […]

We’re trawlin!

We did a test trawl in Majuro Atoll to make sure it all works.  The trawl is a 60cm wide net with a 333 micron mesh, roughly 1/3 of a mm. It’s smaller than the holes in your t-shirt.  We drag it across the sea […]

May 2nd on the Sea Dragon

We’re preparing to leave in a few minutes.  Rodrigo, our skipper, has giving the safety briefing.  “Keep your life vest on, especially at night, cause if you’re overboard we’ll likely not find you.” Adventure sailing is serious business.  Our science requires a boat that can […]

Just arrived in Majuro, Marshall Islands by Dr. Marcus Eriksen, 5 Gyres Institute.

We’ve just arrived on Majuro Atoll in the Marshal Islands. As the jumbo jet turned to make a landing, I could see the thin ring of the atoll from the plane window.  Within a few minutes we were on the ground, then headed to the […]

Meet the new Crew on the Sea Dragon!

May 1 – 21 Studying the “Western Pacific Garbage Patch”-  Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands to Tokyo www.algalita.org Marcus Eriksen – Research Expedition Leader Marcus Eriksen received his Ph.D. in Science Education from University of Southern California in 2003, months before embarking on a 2000-mile, 5-month journey […]