PROJECT KAISEI LAUNCHES SECOND VOYAGE TO THE NORTH PACIFIC GYRE
August Expedition to Test Debris Tracking Models, Collection Technologies and Further Study the Marine Debris Problem to Advance Solutions Aimed at Removing Materials for Alternative Uses
SAN FRANCISCO – August 19, 2010 — Project Kaisei, an ongoing ocean cleanup initiative of Ocean Voyages Institute, has launched a second expedition from San Francisco Bay to the North Pacific Gyre. Following on the heels of Project Kaisei’s 2009 expedition which focused on rigorous science and studying the plastic debris levels and impact, this mission is focused on analyzing and proofing debris tracking models and further testing collection technologies to remove the variety of plastic debris from the ocean. The debris collected will be recycled, repurposed, and tested for conversion to fuel and used for education and public awareness. The expedition is expected to return into San Diego Harbor on September 2nd, just before Labor Day weekend. Ocean Conservancy marine scientist Nicholas Mallos will be part of the voyage’s science team. The voyage will also help launch Ocean Conservancy’s 25th annual International Coastal Cleanup.
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