Raising global awareness and understanding of the marine debris/ocean trash problem is a significant component of the mission of Project Kaisei. The impact on our ocean environment and how we can introduce solutions for both prevention and clean-up is a part of each educational presentation. In May of 2013, Mary Crowley, Co-founder and President, visited The Harbour School in Hong Kong to introduce Project Kaisei and to bring her first-hand experiences of the North Pacific Gyre and the marine debris/ocean trash issue directly to the students and faculty.
*Invested in caring about their role in the clean-up of the global ocean, the students from The Harbour School, in conjunction with Rock Asylum Foundation (RAF) released a video, “Plastic Ocean”. Written, produced, and recorded by the students of The Harbour School Hong Kong, this song/video exemplifies the very real and critical issues we all face, wherever we are in the world. Finished in only four days under the direction of RAF founder Paulie Z and teaching musician Tony Cortes, the students were responsible for coming up with their own topic as well as story boarding and choreography for the video. With serendipitous timing, students chose to learn and write about environmental studies.
Watch and listen to “Plastic Ocean” presented, written, produced and recorded by the students of The Harbour School Hong Kong:
Assembly bill AB 521 introduced this past February aims to clean up marine debris and shift the cost of controlling pollution to the responsibility of the manufacturers who produce it. Introduced by assemblymen Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) and Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), the bill declares plans to identify the products that contribute most to plastic ocean trash, set goals for recycling more of them, and reduce the litter they create.
Plastic pollution off the northwest coast of North America is reaching the level of the notoriously polluted North Sea, according to a new study led by a researcher at the University of British Columbia.
The study, published online in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin, examined stomach contents of beached northern fulmars on the coasts of British Columbia, Canada, and the states of Washington and Oregon, U.S.A.
“Like the canary in the coal mine, northern fulmars are sentinels of plastic pollution in our oceans,” says Stephanie Avery-Gomm, the study’s lead author and a graduate student in UBC’s Department of Zoology. “Their stomach content provides a ‘snapshot’ sample of plastic pollution from a large area of the northern Pacific Ocean.”