Andy Keller, Aboard The Sea Dragon – Part 3

Posted by — April 1, 2011 5:02 am

Results From One of The Trawls

Journal Entry xc
Friday 4/01/2011
Roughly 1,000 miles off the coast of Chile and 600 miles to the center of the gyre, the trawl samples have become increasingly plastic.  Tonight, March 31st at 4:00 AM, the trawl picked up our first piece of macro-plastic, plastic that is not in tiny fragment form.  At first, we didn’t realize what we were looking at, as it appeared to be alive, however quickly we realized that our first piece of macro plastic was from the plastic bag / polyethylene film family.
Over the next  9 days, we will continue to take trawl samples as we transect the center of the gyre, to assess and quantify the volume of plastic pollution in the South Pacific Gyre.  This data when collected will complete the first assessment of all 5 gyres, helping create the first global assessment of oceanic plastic pollution, helping determine its impact on the health of our planet.

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