5 Gyres- Global Garbage

Ocean Minders: An Interview with Pro Surfers Mary Osborne and Jennifer Flannigan

Ocean Minders: An Interv...

As I drive down Highway 101, I’m passing world-famous surf break after world-famous surf break. I’m in Southern California to surf and meet up with some other environmentalist surfers that I’ve been in email contact with for ages but have never officially met.
Plastic Is Pollution: The Making of an Artist Turned Activist

Plastic Is Pollution: Th...

“I don’t eat fish anymore, not after what I saw sailing across the Atlantic,” I say as a beautiful plate of seared Halibut passes by me.
Talking with Plastic Pollution Fighting Rockstar Charles Moore

Talking with Plastic Pol...

It’s because of Charles Moore that you (hopefully) have heard about the enormous garbage patch in the Pacific. From the deck of Moore’s catamaran is where at least half the images you’ve seen of this marine eco-disaster have been taken.
Taking a Trip to Better Understand the Floating Piles of Garbage in Our Oceans

Taking a Trip to Better ...

The writer and environmentalist Stiv Wilson is on a mission to better understand how plastic ends up in the ocean, and what he—and the rest of us—can do about it.
A 2nd garbage patch: Plastic soup seen in Atlantic

A 2nd garbage patch: Pla...

Researchers are warning of a new blight on the ocean: a swirl of confetti-like plastic debris stretching over thousands of square miles (kilometers) in a remote expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
Researchers find plastic ocean trash in Sargasso Sea

Researchers find plastic...

Providing more proof that that floating plastic garbage is not confined to a single patch, marine researchers found an abundance of plastic pollution in every sample of ocean water they gathered on the first transatlantic voyage of its kind.
Pesquisadores encontram lixo plástico oceânico no Mar de Sargaço

Pesquisadores encontram ...

Fornecendo mais provas de que o lixo plástico flutuante não está confinado em uma única mancha, pesquisadores marinhos encontram abundância de poluição por plástico em cada amostra de água do oceano que eles recolheram na primeira travessia transatlântica desse tipo.
Back on Terra Firme!

Back on Terra Firme!...

We collected 35 surface samples total, despite hurricanes that mandated a 600-mile gap in our research. All of them contained plastic. We collected some fish – not as many as we’d hoped to based on our Pacific Trawls, but the Atlantic is new territory for us.
The Final Stretch

The Final Stretch...

1:45 am, our daily alarm clock sounds: “Marcus, Anna, your watch is up in 20 minutes…” Despite Marjolin’s sweet, gentle voice, we groan in protest.
In The Center of the Sargasso

In The Center of the Sar...

“50 knots!” Anna yelled above the roar of wind and sea spray.  It’s 3:00 AM and we’re on watch.  Though the center is 800 miles from us, and slowly moving away, we are still feeling high winds along its edge.
Trash found in fish

Trash found in fish...

The ocean is filled with refuse that may be getting into our food.
Near The Center of Sargasso Sea

Near The Center of Sarga...

Yesterday we found a windrow filled with patches of sargassum and plastic. Everything you could imagine finding in your local department store was bobbing in the sea, the EASTERN GARBAGE PATCH.
The Atlantic Garbage Patch

The Atlantic Garbage Pat...

We’re less than a hundred miles from the predicted accumulation zone, the center of the Sargasso Sea. Yesterday we came across our first real glimpse of what we’ve seen in the North Pacific Gyre – the infamous “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”- only here in the North Atlantic.
North Atlantic Gyre: Jan 28th: Plastic Ring

North Atlantic Gyre: Jan...

We slow the sailboat down to 2 knots and trawl for 3 hours, skimming the surface for whatever floats. At 1:30am we pull in the net. Among the shredded plastic film, nurdles, and random pieces of plastic confetti, we’ve also nabbed a milk jug ring.
Cientistas completam a perna inicial da primeira travessia de estudo global da “sopa de plástico oceânica”

Cientistas completam a p...

Cientistas marinhos encontraram fragmentos de plástico em todas as amostras de água do oceano obtidas na perna inicial da travessia do Projeto 5 Gyres (Giros), o primeiro estudo global sobre poluição marinha por plástico.
Scientists complete initial leg of first global study of ocean “plastic soup”

Scientists complete init...

Marine scientists found plastic fragments in every sample of ocean water they gathered on the initial leg of the 5 Gyres Project, the first global study of plastic marine pollution.
North Atlantic Gyre: Bermuda Beach Trash

North Atlantic Gyre: Ber...

My growing impression of Bermuda is its likeness to Hawaii. Both are in the path of their respective gyre currents – North Pacific Gyre vs. North Atlantic Gyre. Both carry a burden of trash from the shores of other nations. The trash even looks the same.
Voyage of the Sea Dragon: the Atlantic Garbage Patch

Voyage of the Sea Dragon...

While here, the ship and crew are engaged in efforts to share our work with the community and to better understand how the island manages its own waste stream.
North Atlantic Gyre: Day 6 Chasing Windrows and Dodging Storms

North Atlantic Gyre: Day...

Clear skies cede to gray clouds, howling winds, and boiling seas. And with it, our ideal trawling conditions come to a temporary halt.

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