Sea Change, a Message of the Oceans

7 09 2010

Saturday 28 August 2010
Latitude 32 degrees 02 minutes North
Longitude 131 degrees 31 minutes West

KAISEI has a truly wonderful and diverse team of people on board! Andrew Blackwell is a Canadian-American writer and filmmaker currently living in New York City. He has edited a range of documentaries over the past ten years. Andrew was in touch with Project Kaisei about his interest to visit the Gyre. He first met Mary Crowley in Malibu at a FusionStorm Foundation benefit for Project Kaisei. Andrew is doing research for his first book of non-fiction, a travel memoir about visiting the world’s most polluted places entitled “Visit Sunny Chernobyl.” Andrew will not only be visiting the Gyre, but other problem spots in the US, China, India, and the former Soviet Union. Mary was very impressed with Andrew’s intellect, sincerity and great sense of humor and welcomed him onboard.
Another crewmember who has been very generous with her time and energy for the past months is Nicole Caputo. Nikki is a graduate student at Humboldt State University, studying Natural Resources Planning, with a focus on plastic pollution in the water cycle. She graduated from New College in Sarasota, FL, studying Natural Sciences, with a focus on Marine Studies, interning at Mote Marine Laboratory in the Marine Mammal Department under the guidance of Randy Wells. Nikki has done research on coral reefs in Belize, and has worked on fishing boats in Alaska and along the West Coast. Her next goal is to study Environmental Law and Marine Affairs, and to continue her ocean advocacy.
Adam Chang is a Hawaiian native who is a productive and wonderful volunteer. He is a chef who has cooked in Hawaii and on the West Coast, and who graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Adam helped with the important tasks of provisioning and meal planning for our voyage. Adam is very interested in helping to preserve the ocean as a food source. His style is creative, with an Asian- Hawaiian flair, and his meals are eagerly anticipated by the crew.
Today is sunny, and the wind has shifted, allowing us to a good sailing angle. The seas are a bit calmer, and the team is diligently logging plastic sightings. We appear to be in an area of the ocean where there are fewer ghost nets, but still regular sightings of plastic household items and bottles.
“Clearly, it is not possible to go back and redirect history. But now–not for long–there is a chance, a brief window of opportunity, to restore and protect the remaining healthy ecosystems that support us. Most important, most urgent, we must protect the principal substance of the biosphere; the sea.”

Sylvia A. Earle, “Sea Change, a Message of the Oceans,” 1995

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