Day 14b S/V Kaisei: Small Boat Collections, A New Perspective

18 08 2009

Monday, 17 August 2009
Lat: 33° 57’ N Lon: 139° 03’ W

Plastic hunters

Plastic hunters

During our voyage thus far, we have done many surface manta trawls, as well as trawls approximately 9-feet deep; and a wide range of water sampling and other tests. We have also been using long poles, with nets, to collect plastics from the waters around the Kaisei. As we have voyaged through the gyre, those in the rig have experienced views with hundreds of pieces of plastic within sight, at certain locations.

We are now beginning to use our two inflatables to collect plastics. Today, in a 90-minute period, one team collected a couple hundred individual pieces – including many plastic bags, shoes, a baseball, bottles, caps, and large pieces of broken plastic. The perspective from the inflatables gives a clear view of the magnitude of the problem. We will be bringing back as much debris as we can, to show people what is happening in mid-ocean.

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18 08 2009
grndwrks1

This is one of the most compelling and courageous ventures I have heard of in recent years. Kudos to both teams on both boats and all the landlubbing support you have ashore for creating this vision and executing what appears to be a concise and thorough plan to make attempts to erradicate the plastic. What’s more is the thought and optmisim to employ leading edge waste to enegy (WTE) and recycling technologies to make this happen. I imagine awareness of the vortex’s presence spreading quickly prompting more support, interest and ideally critical thinking by global environmental leaders to combat this phenomena. Having been in the recycling industry for 20 years now and currently working with a plastic part manufacturer, I appreciate all that your crews are doing and would love to be part of the next voyage!! PS-You won’t see any of our styrene stuff out there as we have a closed loop process. If Doug Woodring is in earshot or the blog-spot person runs into Doug today, please tell him all the Tuckers send their best.
Jeff Tucker

18 08 2009
grndwrks1

This is one of the most compelling and courageous ventures I have heard of in recent years. Kudos to both teams on both boats and all the landlubbing support you have ashore for creating this vision and executing what appears to be a concise and thorough plan to make attempts to erradicate the plastic. What’s more is the thought and optmisim to employ leading edge waste to enegy (WTE) and recycling technologies to make this happen. I imagine awareness of the vortex’s presence spreading quickly prompting more support, interest and ideally critical thinking by global environmental leaders to combat this phenomena. Having been in the recycling industry for 20 years now and currently working with a plastic part manufacturer, I appreciate all that your crews are doing and would love to be part of the next voyage!! PS-You won’t see any of our styrene stuff out there as we have a closed loop process. If Doug Woodring is in earshot or the blog-spot person runs into Doug today, please tell him all the Tuckers send their best.
Jeff Tucker
P.S. – Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

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