In August 2016, 5 Gyres embarked on its 17th expedition, traveling 1,687 miles through the Canadian Arctic to collect large and small microplastics in an effort to better understand the global distribution of plastic smog that plagues our seas. In partnership with One Ocean Expeditions and ExploringCircle, 5 Gyres’ Director of Research Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Environmental Programs Director Carolynn Box led a group of 22 citizen scientists from three countries who assisted in gathering data crucial to our forthcoming Global Estimate of Plastic Pollution. You can click through the app below to see photos and updates, which were presented in real time. Please subscribe to our newsletter for updates on upcoming Expeditions!


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ARCTIC EXPEDITION (2016)

Our 17th Expedition gathered a group of 22 citizen scientists for two weeks on the Arctic exploration vessel Akademik Sergey Vavilov. The expedition primarily focused on micro- and nanoplastic research. It was managed by ExploringCircle, which donates a percentage of proceeds to non-profit organizations like 5 Gyres, and was the first  to share real-time data and photo updates with our community.


SEA CHANGE EXPEDITION (2015)

The 2015 SEA Change Expedition traveled over 3000 nautical throughout the North Atlantic Gyre with a crew of 64 citizen scientists. Along with the Schooner Mystic crew of 14 sailors, the voyage also transported representatives from other nonprofit organizations and research facilities, as well as notable watermen and women, such as musician and activist Jack Johnson and ocean conservation activist Celine Cousteau.


VIKING GYRE EXPEDITION (2014)

5 Gyres' Expedition from Bermuda to Iceland was designed with the intention to better understand the distribution of plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Subpolar Gyre. The 14-person crew collected 41 samples to determine microplastic concentrations in the region and carried out  40 visual observations to track the macroplastic pollution in the area. Data contributed to 5 Gyres' first Global Estimate of Plastic Pollution.


Previous 5 Gyres Expeditions

 

2013 Bermuda to Rhode Island

2013 Lake Michigan

2012 Japan to Hawaii

2012 Marshall Islands to Hawaii

2012 Lakes Superior, Huron and Erie

2011 Hawaii to Vancouver

2011 Easter Island to Tahiti

2011 Chile to Easter Island

2011 Namibia to Uruguay

2010 Brazil to South Africa

2010 Ascension Island

2010 Bermuda to Azores

2010 Bahamas to Bermuda

2009 Los Angeles to Hawaii

 

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