5 Gyres Uncovering New Ocean Debris Info – by Rebecca Mayer

Bag It makes us more aware of plastic products made to last forever that are used once and tossed out.  Suddenly we wonder if we can do without the individually packaged drinks and snack items, the upgraded cell phone.

The issue of accumulating discarded plastic is taking on momentum.  Check out 5 Gyres.  These guys plan to sail through the five subtropical gyres to track ocean debris in the waters and the bodies of marine animals.

Here are some of the questions they ask and plan to answer:

  1. “Knowing that some plastics float and sink, and that ocean waters move, how is plastic pollution distributed around the world vertically, horizontally and seasonally?”
  2. “Knowing that plastic pollution photodegrades, chemically degrades, and mechanically breaks into smaller fragments, where do the smallest particles eventually go?”
  3. “Knowing that plastic pollution can be a sponge for many hydrophobic pollutants, do these pollutants desorb, and bioaccumulate inside fish that ingest plastic pollution?”

Sailing through any of the gyres sometime soon?  Sign up to trawl in the name of research.

Or just want to stay informed?  Become a member and receive updates.


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Bag It is a documentary film following the world wide use of plastic bags, plastic's impact on the environment and human health.
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