The 5 Gyres Institute to set sail for FIRST EVER survey for plastic pollution in The South Atlantic Gyre

Posted by — October 28, 2010 11:19 pm

Today, 5 Gyres Institute announced the world’s first voyage to the South Atlantic Gyre. The voyage begins on November 8th to show that every ocean on the globe is polluted with plastic garbage harming marine wildlife and potentially threatening human health. The 5 Gyres Institute, collaborating with Algalita Marine Research Foundation (AMRF) and Pangaea Explorations, is leading this expedition.
The 5 Gyres team, lead by co-founders Marcus Eriksen, PhD and Anna Cummins, will sail from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, South Africa on the first transatlantic Southern Hemisphere plastic-pollution research trip. The husband-and-wife team, overseeing a 13-member crew of researchers, journalists and others for the first global study of the problem, want the world to know that the scourge is not confined to a single mythical “Texas-size garbage patch.”.
Plus, two renowned professional surfers, James Pribram and Mary Osborne, will join the voyage to help raise awareness. “My goal is to share my experience with the world in becoming a spokesperson against plastic waste,” says PribPublish Postram, a.k.a. the ECO-Warrior and O’Neill ambassador.
We will keep you updated with the latest from their voyage! 
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