Follow Plastics at Sea Expedition

Follow Sea Education Association’s “Plastics at SEA” Expedition, the first federally funded research expedition on plastic pollution in the North Atlantic. To date, this research cruise has counted 42,186 pieces of plastic in 71 net tows over a period of 19 days. Although they have been averaging 100 or 200 pieces of plastic per tow, on Monday, June 21, one of the nets recovered 23,000 pieces of plastic in a 30-minute tow which translates to about 26 million pieces per km2. This is a record for SEA, which has been sampling plastic marine debris in the Atlantic Ocean for more than 25 years.

Watch the mid-cruise report

Listen to Captain Chris McGuire’s audio report from sea

Visit http://plastics.sea.edu/ daily for the latest information

Plastics in North Atlantic Research Cruise

Sea Education Association has launched the Plastics at SEA: North Atlantic Expedition, a 35-day research cruise  to study the accumulation of plastic marine debris in the North Atlantic Ocean. Follow the expedition on http://plastics.sea.edu, which will be updated daily with multimedia content.