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Dale Selvam Reports on Plastic Pollution in the Pacific Ocean
/ July 17, 2011 9:20 am

Dale Selvam Reports on Plastic Pollution in the Pacific Ocean

We are very privileged to have a guest blogger this week:  Dale John Selvam is out on the Pacific Ocean aboard the Sea Dragon, the wonderful sea going vessel that is devoted to plastic debris research.  This is the same vessel that Andy Keller spent 6 weeks sailing through the South Pacific Gyre as part of the 5Gyres Exploration.  Dale’s descriptions [&hellip

Andy Keller, Aboard the Sea Dragon – Part 4
/ April 7, 2011 8:33 am

Andy Keller, Aboard the Sea Dragon – Part 4

Before joining the 5 Gyres Institute expedition to explore the South Pacific Subtropical Gyre, I didn’t know exactly what I would see out here.  I had read the news stories, describing a gyre as a trash vortex, a floating island, a garbage patch as well as many other well-intentioned analogies.  I say analogies because the reality of plastic in the [&hellip

Andy Keller, Aboard The Sea Dragon – Part 3
/ April 1, 2011 5:02 am

Andy Keller, Aboard The Sea Dragon – Part 3

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 [&hellip

Andy Keller, Aboard The Sea Dragon – Part 2
/ March 31, 2011 3:18 pm

Andy Keller, Aboard The Sea Dragon – Part 2

Wednesday 3/30/2011 Journal Entry xb Garen Hehksarian, another scientist on board is researching whether or not there is a connection between high concentrations of plastic and low concentrations of phytoplankton.  Apparently there has been a roughly 50% drop in phytoplankton numbers since the 1950’s, roughly the time when plastics started replacing metal, wood and other natural materials in consumer products.  [&hellip

Andy Keller, Aboard the Sea Dragon-Part 1
/ March 31, 2011 12:24 pm

Andy Keller, Aboard the Sea Dragon-Part 1

OUR FIRST JOURNAL ENTRY FROM ANDY KELLER ABOARD THE SEA DRAGON Journal Entry xa Tuesday 3/29/2011 We are half way through the 6th day at sea and this habitation capsule that we call home is starting to feel normal as we bob and duck through the endless expanse of oceanic wilderness called the South Pacific. Before embarking, I had visions [&hellip