Ocean Conservancy / Ocean Voyages Institute/ Project Kaisei

1 09 2010

27 August 2010 Friday
Latitude 31 degrees minutes North
Longitude 135 degrees minutes West

Nicholas Mallos is an important part of our team. He is here as a representative of Ocean Conservancy, and is a coordinator for their International Coastal Cleanup Project. September 25th is the designated day for this global cleanup effort that is celebrating its 25th year. Nick graduated from Dickenson College having majored in Biology and Marine Science. He went on to Duke University where he graduated in 2010 with a Masters of Environmental Management with a concentration in Coastal and Ocean Management. Nick spent 3 weeks at Midway atoll in the NW Hawaiian Islands, researching the impacts of marine debris on wildlife, most specifically albatross, Hawaiian monk seals and green sea turtles.

The collaboration between Ocean Conservancy and Project Kaisei/ Ocean Voyages Institute is a dynamic step towards advocating solutions to marine debris issues. We are honored to have Ocean Conservancy’s 25th International Coastal Cleanup begin with Project Kaisei mid ocean. We know we must create significant change in manufacturing, consumer habits and recycling, as we continue to do coastal and offshore cleanups. Nick’s Greek heritage seems to give him a natural affinity for water with his love of surfing, diving and the oceans. He is a fine and able crew person on KAISEI.

Kaniela Lyman-Mersereau comes from a family of great seafarers and water people on both his Mother and Father’s side. Kaniela has naturally become a key crew person on board KAISEI. He graduated in 2010 from the University of Otego with a degree in Geography. At home in Oahu, he surfs, paddle boards, plays water polo and loves anything to do with the ocean. He enjoys sailing and helps with daily beach cleanup. He works as a lifeguard, coach and substitute teacher.

Today is partially overcast with a breeze of 10 to 15 knots and seas
of 3 to 5 feet. We continue to spot some debris, but only items that are close to Kaisei, in these sea conditions. The action of the waves tends to submerge things a few feet. Besides seeing bottles and containers, we saw a 3′ x 5′ green plastic storage container top that came next to the ship but was submerged 2-3 feet.

Our nightly meetings create excellent interchange as everyone onboard has been very moved by what we have seen, and we are all discussing future actions.

It is clear from voyaging on the ocean that now is the time for change. The blue heart of our planet has its veins and arteries, i.e. currents and eddies, clogged with massive amounts of plastic. Environmental organizations, nations, corporations and individuals must work in unison to stop the flow of garbage, do cleanup and restore the ecosystem of our global ocean. As the Hopi prophecy states, “We are the one we have been waiting for.”

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