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BAN THE BEAD! Plastic Microbead Campaign Update

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5 Gyres’ Campaign to Ban Plastic Microbeads from personal care products, like face scrub and toothpaste, is driving change nationally. Microbeads are tiny, toxic, plastic beads that are washing down the drains and into our precious waterways. What’s the scale of the microbead problem? According to the State Attorney General’s Office, New York flushes 19 TONS of […]

Join us at the Jack Johnson concert in L.A.!

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Here are two ways you can support 5 Gyres AND go to Jack Johnson’s sold out concert at the Greek Theatre on 8/27 and 8/28. (1) Donate by 8/22 and be entered to win! We will be selecting one donor who has contributed $50 or more to 5 Gyres, from 8/1 through 8/22, to bring […]

Blog 2 of 5 for 5G at sea “Getting trawls ready”

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We leave today!  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 trawl can sustain speeds up to 8 knots in moderate […]

BLOG 1 of 5 for 5G at SEA “Bali’s Bag”

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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!

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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!

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“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, […]

From the Science Desk

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We checked in with Dr. Marcus Eriksen, the Research Director of 5 Gyres, as he was returning from installing the 5 Gyres exhibit “Our Plastic Waters: From The Great Lakes to The Atlantic Ocean,” in Buffalo, NY.  Q – Tell us about the “Plastic Waters: From the Great Lakes to the Oceans” exhibit you just installed?  […]

The Viking Gyre Expedition: Perspectives

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We caught up with two crew members from 5 Gyres’ Viking Gyre Expedition, Genevieve Abedon and Brett Edwards, AKA the environmental rapper Mr. Eco, post-voyage to hear their sea stories… Q – What was it like to prepare for the Expedition? Genevieve (G) – It was a lot of work, time, money and energy. I […]

Drunken Mouse eats Plastic

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So I’m driving through Wyoming to my annual fossil dig site, down hot dusty county roads, past herds of bison and marble-size hail, and discover the plastic corks in my wine are popping out due to the heat.   My first night camping I hear chewing next to me in the back of my van, turn […]