5 Gyres has been asked to participate in a large-scale project called Tracking California Trash, funded by California’s Water Resources Control Board. 5 Gyres’ staff member Carolynn Box is managing our participation in the program. We interviewed CBox, as she is affectionately known, to find out more about the importance of this California initiative. 1. […]
Expedition to the Indian Ocean: Bali to Christmas Island
5 Gyres was invited by SwissTV to participate in a September expedition to document plastics in the Indian Ocean from Bali to Christmas Island. Dr. Marcus Eriksen was the Chief Plastics Scientist as part of EXPEDITION PLASTIK, a mostly European crew of activists and sailors, looking to draw attention to the issue of plastic pollution […]
Blog 4 of 5 for 5G “FLIP FLOP BEACH”
We’ve made landfall and quickly head to the beach, Greta Beach on Christmas Island. I’ve been to many islands around the world and explored their windward side to see what’s washed ashore. Here, my jaw drops. I’m appalled. I’ve only seen this much trash on Kamillo Beach, Hawaii, also called junk beach. Of all the […]
Blog 3 of 5 for 5G at sea “Weird Plastic in Every Trawl”
Each sample of the ocean surface is a spectacle in bad packaging. The Indonesian near shore trash in the trawl displays Asian products, a similar correlation I see around the world. I’d call the N. Atlantic the bottle cap gyre and the N. Pacific the fishing net gyre, each having its own distinguishing character. Sample […]
Field Report from Austin: Don’t Pollute the Planet Just to Clean Your Face!
Last Sunday morning, a heavy mist hovered over Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, as hundreds of volunteers donned their sneakers or SCUBA gear to help clean up the lake. A beloved and successful clean-up effort, the Lake Travis Underwater and Shoreline Cleanup celebrated its 20th annual event with a celebration at the Oasis Cafe overlooking […]
Blog 2 of 5 for 5G at sea “Getting trawls ready”
We leave today! We should be in Christmas Island in 4-5 days . We’ve brought our hi-speed trawl, two of them, also called the AVANI trawl (All-purpose Velocity Accelerated Net Instrument). This trawl is an improvement on the traditional manta trawl, which operates at 2-3 knots and only for an hour or less. The AVANI […]
BLOG 1 of 5 for 5G at SEA “Bali’s Bag”
This is the first of 5 blogs I’ll write about our current expedition in the Indian Ocean. We’re now preparing to sail from Bali to Christmas Island, Australia, with plenty of provisioning to do and of course time to see the lay of the land. Because we’re studying plastic, our ears and eyes are always on […]
CA microbeads bill killed by Industry. We need your help to win!
As many of you know by now, our bill to ban plastic microbeads in personal care products in California was quietly killed two weeks ago. The bill would have protected our shared waters from this insidious form of plastic pollution, but lost by a single vote on the Senate floor. WHY did this happen, and […]
What’s a Summer Internship Like with 5 Gyres? Ask Lauren!
“Hello there, My name is Lauren Mae Henry, I am a senior at UNC Wilmington studying marine biology- conservation. I am the president of the college Surfrider chapter, and this summer I am interning for a non-profit called 5 Gyres…” This is how each of my emails began as I contacted clubs, aquariums, camps, schools, […]