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5.25 trillion pieces of plastic tell us something new

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The idea that there are “patches” of trash in the oceans is a myth created 15 years ago that should be abandoned in favor of “clouds” of microplastics that emanate out of the 5 subtropical gyres. Our recent publication in the journal Plos One, estimates 269,000 tons of plastic from 5.25 trillion particles, but more alarming […]

Get A ‘Less Plastic More Ocean’ T-shirt And Support Our Campaigns!

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As you probably heard, 5 Gyres published the first ever estimate of plastic in all oceans yesterday.  Well, it’s a lot.  270,000 metric tonnes and 5.25 Trillion particles. As a result, 5 Gyres is launching our ‘Less Plastic More Ocean’ campaign to educate the public on the findings of the study, what it means for […]

5 Gyres is interviewing for a Development Director

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5 Gyres is seeking an experienced Development Director. The Development Director is responsible for recommending and implementing a sustainable Development Plan for 5 Gyres.  5 Gyres Vision, Mission, Goals, Projects and Strategic Plan have been developed but will require a larger budget to execute with excellence.   The Development Plan should highlight what 5 Gyres needs […]

Tracking California Trash – an interview with 5 Gyres staff member Carolynn Box

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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

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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”

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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”

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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!

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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”

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Avani Trawls

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 […]