Sailing on Ocean Voyages Institute’s marine plastic recovery vessel, the crew effectively removed 103 tons of fishing nets and plastic through the area referred to as Great Pacific Garbage Patch, performing the “largest open ocean clean-up in history. ” The clean-up mission started off on 4 May right at the Hawaiian port of Hilo, immediately after a three-week quarantine period for all the crew members, and finished in Honolulu 48 days later.
After a gigantic 48-day exploration, a crew from Ocean Voyages Institute has with success removed an archive amount of fishing nets and toxic consumer plastic through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch; the expansion of water located almost between Hawaii and California regarded as the absolute most plastic pollution on the planet.
“I am so proud of our hard working crew,” said Mary Crowley, founder and executive director of Ocean Voyages Institute. “We exceeded our goal of capturing 100 tons of toxic consumer plastics and derelict ‘ghost’ nets, plus in these challenging times, we are continuing to help restore the fitness of our ocean, which influences our own health and the fitness of the earth.”
Ocean Voyages Institute is a small non-profit organisation located in bay area dedicated to ocean clean-ups. During this year’s mission, the multinational crew tracked and collected rubbish using GPS satellite trackers, drones and good old-fashioned mast lookouts. When the plastic and fishing nets were recovered through the water, they were positioned in industrial bags and held until they could be recycled and repurposed back on land. A lot of the destruction caused to the marine ecosystem from plastic pollution was clearly visible, towards the crew discovering a number of turtle skeletons tangled in discarded nets.
This huge Pacific Garbage Patch the most remote parts of the Pacific Ocean and is essentially a huge pile of plastic debris. Some say it really is about twice how big is Texas, 3 x the dimensions of France or, in other terms, 600,000 square miles. This part of the ocean is a product of swirling currents that collect and concentrate debris, in addition to plankton along with other sea life. It’s believed to contain around 80,000 tonnes of plastic trash, most of which arises from commercial fishing boats for sale.
Removing the ocean of plastic pollution isn’t as simple as it sounds. “there’s absolutely no cure-all solution to ocean clean-up: it will be the long days at sea, with dedicated crew scanning the horizon, grappling nets, and retrieving large sums of trash, that makes it happen,” said Locky MacLean, an ocean campaigner and crew member.
This season’s mission nearly doubled last year’s 25-day expedition. And next year, the Ocean Voyages Institute team desire to crank up their efforts even further with three vessels operating within the Patch. Crowley is also hopeful that they can expand with other parts of the whole world, saying “there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind which our tasks are making the oceans healthier for the planet and safer for marine wildlife, as the nets will not again entangle or harm a whale, dolphin, turtle or reefs.”
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