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Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean


In June, our program’s Alaska Regional Coordinator, Peter Murphy, went on the GYRE expedition, an innovative project planned by the Alaska SeaLife Center that brought together scientists, removal experts, educators and artists aboard the R/V Norseman to observe, discuss, and explore the issue of marine debris in Alaska and work on ways to raise awareness nationwide. Peter lent scientific expertise to the conversation and, using the unique opportunity to access remote beaches, collected marine debris survey data during stops.

A National Geographic crew came along to document the expedition. Take a look at producer JJ Kelley’s stunning final product.

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

2 thoughts on “Gyre: Creating Art From a Plastic Ocean

  1. Really excellent and interesting. Plenty to think about here. Our ‘pristine’ white sand beach on Abaco gets dumped with copious plastic on every tide, much of it surprisingly large (and once including an Atlas rocket fairing from the Curiosity launch). Much worse that it happens in the remotest parts of the world. A most telling point is that this has mostly occurred in a single generation. Good wishes from Rolling Harbour

  2. Much awareness has been raised since 2013 with micro-plastic analysis shocking people into action. The Pacific Gyre is affecting remote islands throughout the Pacific Ocean. Living in Vanuatu, many islands have no refuse removal and villagers use the sea to ‘take their rubbish away’. Education at all levels is needed to save marine ecosystems.

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