01 December 2010

Public presentation on 14 December: Meet 5 Gyres Institute founders Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen

Two Oceans Aquarium
Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen

Co-founders of the 5 Gyres Institute, Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen, and 11 crew members, are currently sailing across 5 391km of ocean between Rio de Janerio and Cape Town. This voyage is the first-ever trans-Atlantic Ocean plastic-pollution research trip in the Southern Hemisphere. 

Writing on his blog on 25 November 2010, Marcus said: “We’re as far from land as we could possibly be in all directions … in the middle of nowhere … one of the most remote locations on planet earth. What do you expect to see? How about a plastic water bottle?”

Join us on 14 December at 13h00 for a presentation by Anna and Marcus as they share their research findings and tell us more about the enormity of the plastic problem in the oceans, the techniques used to trawl plastic from the oceans and what it is like to live at sea.

They will reveal roughly 50 samples of micro-plastics that they’ve collected en route as well as various macro-debris including crates, fishing floats, buckets and bottles.

Anna and Marcus plan to produce the first comprehensive snapshot analysis of plastic pollution in each of the globe’s five gyres. Building on Algalita Marine Research Foundation’s discovery of plastic pollution in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, the 5 Gyres crew has discovered garbage patches in the North Atlantic Gyre and the Indian Ocean Gyre.

No other researchers have been to as many gyres.

They plan to sail across the South Pacific Gyre – the fifth subtropical gyre – in March 2011.

Date and time: Tuesday, 14 December 2010 at 13h00

Where: Metropolitan Health Group and Qualsa Think Tank, Two Oceans Aquarium

You don’t have to book but seats are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

For enquiries please contact Helen Lockhart or Renée Leeuwner on 021 418 3823.

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