All-women's ocean plastic expedition sets off across North Pacific Gyre

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
exxpedition on research vessel Sea Dragon

British skipper and ocean advocate Emily Penn has set off on a scientific research mission to understand the impact of single-use plastic in the world’s oceans.

Led by Penn, the North Pacific 2018 expedition is made up of a group of 24 women from Britain, USA, Canada, Slovenia, Norway and Honduras.

The crew will travel 3,000 nautical miles over two voyage legs across the North Pacific Gyre, nicknamed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

They will be sailing Sea Dragon, a 72ft scientific exploration vessel from Oahu, Hawaii to Vancouver British Columbia (25 June- 14 July) and then from Vancouver to Seattle (21 July- 28 July).

Data will be collected from daily trawls for plastics and pollutants and will contribute to a series of global datasets and research studies.

Studies range from understanding the impact of plastic pollution on sea turtle environments to the effects of microplastics on our bodies.

Penn said: This year, we are seeing a shift in scientific focus. Scientists still want to know how much plastic is out there and where it is, but they also want to know which toxic chemicals are on the surface of it, whether organisms are growing on it and what the impacts might be on wildlife, and on us.”

eXXpedition, the British Community Interest Company behind North Pacific 2018, specialises in all-women sailing expeditions.

The research mission has been endorsed by UN Environment Clean Seas initiative and Ocean Wise.

This material is protected by MA Business Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.


Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.