Ocean Voyages Institute Removes 206,000 Lbs Of Plastic From The Ocean In The Biggest Ocean Clean-Up Effort So Far

Plastic became globally mass-produced 65 years ago and since then, the amount of plastic we use has skyrocketed. So has plastic pollution. In 2015, 387 million tons of plastic were produced compared to 2 million manufactured in 1950. The staggering overconsumption of this material has a devastating effect on the environment with our oceans suffering the worst by far. It has been estimated that 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into the ocean every day, which adds up to the 5.25 trillion pieces that are currently there.

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Recently, the Ocean Voyages Institute’s vessel came back after a 48-day expedition, successfully removing 103 tons (206,000 lbs.) of trash from the Pacific ocean

Plastic waste results in the death of 100 million marine animals annually and it’s estimated that by 2050, it will greatly outnumber the fish in the ocean.

Without a doubt, we are losing our oceans, which are responsible for producing half of the world’s oxygen, to our excessive plastic consumption. Luckily, there are people who are trying to put a stop to this by cleaning the mess we all have caused, literally.

The crew has set a new record with the largest at sea clean-up in the Gyre to date

On June 23, the Ocean Voyages Institute’s marine plastic recovery vessel came back from a heroic voyage. After a 48-day expedition, 103 tons (206,000 lbs) of fishing nets and consumer plastics were removed from the Great Pacific garbage patch, also known as the Gyre and Pacific trash vortex.

To date, it’s the largest at-sea clean-up in the Great Pacific garbage patch.

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“I am so proud of our hard-working crew. We exceeded our goal of capturing 100 tons of toxic consumer plastics and derelict ‘ghost’ nets, and in these challenging times, we are continuing to help restore the health of our ocean, which influences our own health and the health of the planet,” said Mary Crowley, founder and executive director of Ocean Voyages Institute.

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Thanks to Crowley’s effective methods to remove massive amounts of plastics from the ocean, the successful mission has removed 48 tons (96,000 lbs) during two ocean clean-ups in 2019.

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However, even after setting a new record for plastic clean-up this year, the Pacific Gyre, which is located halfway between Hawaii and California, still remains the largest area with the most plastic.

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The huge amount of trash that has been recently collected by the Ocean Voyages Institute is currently being prepared for upcycling and proper disposal.

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“In keeping with our commitment to environmental stewardship, Matson has been searching for a way to get involved in cleaning up the Pacific Gyre. We’ve been impressed with the groundbreaking efforts of Ocean Voyages Institute and the progress they’ve made with such a small organization, and we hope our support will help them continue this important work,” said Matt Cox, chairman and CEO.



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