I’m just going to come out and say it, any project that touts itself as the “World’s first realistic Ocean Clean-up Concept” is just asking to be torn apart. “The Ocean Cleanup” is the brainchild of a 19-year old Boyan Slat. He proposes using the oceans themselves to clean up plastic. By setting up a . . . → Read More: The Ocean Cleanup. The newest of the new plans to remove marine plastic.
Recently, my friend Michael Barton went to check out the Washed Ashore Exhibit, currently at Portland Community College, and was gracious enough to share some his images of it on flickr for us! It is all made from washed up beach debris and arranged to create stories of how plastic and trash in the . . . → Read More: Washed Ashore
This week I’m at the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Honolulu, HI. (Oh, the things I do for science!) As you might know, I study the accumulation of plastic debris in the North Pacific, otherwise known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch YARRRR.” From the conference website: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and . . . → Read More: Live from the 5th International Marine Debris Conference
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch made news this week, based on statements from Oregon State University professor Dr. Angelique White. As you may know, this is my research area, so I explained what’s going on over at the SEAPLEX blog. Ever since SEAPLEX was funded around two years ago, I have begun every one of . . . → Read More: Does the Great Pacific Garbage Patch exist?
In the Land of Awesome there exists people who know how make shrimp out of bendy straws. Click on image to check it out at Make Magazine. Hat tip to @Monkey_Fist on Twitter.
This is me using a hand-held inclinometer to estimate the wire angle as the manta net is being towed. I was interviewed by the NOAA Marine Debris blog! It’s about my work this October on a NOAA cruise through the eastern part of the North Pacific Central Gyre. What goes into deploying your equipment on . . . → Read More: Interview on the NOAA Marine Debris Blog
“Land gyre” by jonny2love, labeled for resuse on Flickr. This is a post in appreciation of Blog for Action Day’s 2010 theme – Water. People are made mostly of water and thus we need to replenish ourselves, creating a voracious thirst. This is the thirst of nearly 6 billion people on this planet. We also . . . → Read More: The Disease of Plastic Water Bottles
Miriam was interviewed on Earth Sky Science about her research on plastic in the ocean! Great job Miriam, a nice mix of enthusiasm, information, composure and awesomeness! Way to be a scientist communicator.
Click on picture to go to the CA Coastal Cleanup Day homepage. In 18 days it will be the 25th anniversary of the California Coastal Cleanup Day. If you need a reason to participate, conservationist J. Nichols gives us reason #1: “Once I put a plastic bag into a jar of water and passed it . . . → Read More: Reminder: California Coastal Cleanup Day
I hope you are following along on the SEAPLEX blog. A great post about the kinds of gear used in open-water oceanography. But better than the gear itself is a Vampire Squid caught in that gear! . . . → Read More: Seeking the Science of the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch