5 Gyres Institute
5 Gyres' research expeditions collect cutting-edge plastic research that empowers legislation, design change and education. The 2016 expedition, focused on the remote Arctic waters along the Northwest Passage. It was 5 Gyres' 17th expedition across the world.
The group collaborated with One Ocean and the Vancouver Aquarium to explore the abundance and distribution of microplastic marine pollution, using their manta trawl on zodiac surveys most of the days at sea, weather-
depending. These data is crucial to the 2017 global model update of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans.
Science at Sea
Sponsored by the Polynesian Voyage Society, a worldwide voyage was undertaken in 2014 using traditional navigational practices focused on the Hawaiian concept of Mālama honua, which means to care for Island Earth. Classrooms participated remotely as two solar powered vessels, Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia traveled around the world. They tracked the voyage, read crew blogs, and learned about the history and future of Polynesian voyaging. The Hikianalia was the base for science research projects on:
- Plankton populations
- Water quality
- Marine debris collection and plastic pollution
- Hydroponic food growing,
- Marine mammal acoustics
- Fish DNA and population
Plastics at SEA
North Pacific Expedition
Plastics at SEA: North Pacific Expedition 2012 was a scientific research expedition conducted by Sea Education Association (SEA) dedicated to studying the effects of plastic marine debris in the ocean ecosystem. The Plastics at SEA: North Pacific Expedition took place from Oct. 2-Nov. 9, 2012 on the SSV Robert C. Seamans, SEA’s 134-foot brigantine-rigged sailing oceanographic research vessel. The crew consisted of 12 professional mariners and 26 additional participants, most of whom are SEA Semester alumni. The expedition followed a 2,500-nautical mile cruise track extending more than 1,500 nautical miles west of San Diego before turning south towards Hawaii. Their focus was to tackle tough questions about the impacts of plastic on the ocean ecosystem, while
also providing updated estimates of floating plastic concentrations inthe region dubbed the "Great
Pacific Garbage Patch." Learn about their voyage through their journals, school email exchanges
and their photo gallery.
Project AWARE fights for the prevention and reduction of marine debris. Through their Partnerships Against Trash, Project AWARE works with governments, NGOs and businesses to affect change on a global scale. In order to achieve a long-term solution, they recognize the need to influence policy at local, national and international levels to prevent trash from entering the ocean in the first place. This grassroots effort focuses on Dive Against Debris, in which Project AWARE supporters remove undersea litter collected while diving and report results. Not only does the trash removed during Dive Against Debris make the ocean safer for marine life, but the information reported helps inform policy change.
In the German-speaking part of Switzerland, OceanCare cooperates with Krax, the school project of Swiss Animal Protection (SAP), to organize lectures for different levels of high school. Students can receive scientific support for their term papers and theses. Students of the graduating classes of the Kantonsschule Olten can spend a week of practical training on the cetacean research vessel in Southern France. And, to foster an interest in natural sciences
among future university students, OceanCare participates in the annual TecDays organized by the Swiss Academy of
The Rozalia Project sponsors 2- to 6-week long expeditions in New York’s Hudson River onboard American Promise to investigate type, concentration and distribution of microfibers and marine debris.
The expeditions are:
- Hudson River expedition
- Expedition STEM for the Ocean
Email Rachael Miller, or phone(802) 578-6120, to learn how your class can participate
via web-based and satellite communication.
Learn about organized voyages to study and understand the impact of climate change and the ecological crisis facing the world’s oceans. Guidance to several student trips, downloadable educational resources and activities available on the following topics: Oceans; Effect of Pollution on Plants and Germination; Solar Energy; Greenhouse Effect; Wind Turbines and more.