THE 5 GYRES INSTITUTE wrote -
In May and June of 2012, a crew of researchers led by 5 Gyres Institute, Algalita Marine Research Foundation, and Pangaea Expoloration, will embark on a two-month long research voyage across the Pacific Ocean. Setting sail from the Marshall Islands, located southwest of Hawaii, the crew will sail for the month of May through the Western Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Gyre. Their mission: to collect and catalogue the density of plastic pollution in the Pacific Ocean. Upon arrival in Japan, the crew will engage in a week-long layover in Tokyo, a scientific Symposium will be held at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. This will bring non-scientists, journalists, students and interested parties together to increase public awareness of the environmental plastic issue. On May 28th, the crew will embark for the second leg of the voyage back across the Pacific traveling from Japan to Hawaii. During this time, the crew will travel through the projected Japanese tsunami debris field, to track and study the movement and composition of the materials that are slowly towards Hawaii and the North American coastline.
I’m participating in this expedition because I’m concerned about the decline in the health of our oceans and am passionate about finding solutions to reverse that trend. I’m participating in this voyage as an individual – not a repesentative from a company or organization – and am enlisting the support of friends, family and my community (YOU!) to help me see this goal through. The cost of participating in this voyage-$15,500 per individual- is significant, and the challenge to reach that fundraising goal is daunting, but I’m committed to this project and fueled by my passion. To date I’ve raised $9,150 (nearly 60% of my total goal). Will you help me raise the remaing amount to participate and continue with my goal to find solutions to keep our oceans healthy?