The 5 Gyres Project, a collaboration between AMRF, Livable Legacy and Pangaea Explorations, is determined to travel to each of the planet’s major vortexes and document the extent of plastic pollution. This past January two intrepid sailors, Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, explored the North Atlantic Gyre, finding, among other things, plastic soup, buckets, and a boot. The extent of the pollution, they claim, is similar to that in the Pacific Gyre. A number of expeditions have publicized and explored the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, including Project Kaisei, the Plastiki, and the JUNK raft.
The 5 Gyres couple will present their findings at the Ocean Sciences Conference in Portland, OR on Feb. 24. In the meantime, they hosted a number of beach cleanups and school lectures in an attempt to stop pollution before it hits the water.