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Oceanography

Ocean Plastic Mostly Near Surface, Study Shows

It is a commonly held belief that plastic pollution is spread from ocean surface to seabed. Our newest study, published today in Nature Scientific Reports, shows that at least for buoyant plastic bigger than a sand grain (0.5mm), this is not the case, primarily residing on or near the surface. It also reveals that conventional methods to...

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Oceanography

The Ocean Cleanup Aerial expedition: mission update

The Aerial Expedition is about to begin! In a few days we will start conducting visual surveys, supplemented with state-of-art sensors to quantify the biggest and most harmful type of marine debris: ghost nets. It is the most important missing piece of the puzzle remaining after last year’s Mega Expedition. On September 26, our...

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Oceanography

The Ocean Cleanup prepares for 2020 Pacific cleanup, successfully completes Mega Expedition reconnaissance mission

The Ocean Cleanup successfully concluded the Mega Expedition with the arrival of a first group of vessels including the fleet’s 171ft mothership in the port of San Francisco today. Using a series of measurement techniques, including trawls and aerial surveys, the fleet of close to 30 vessels sampled the concentration of plastic...

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Oceanography

Final vertical distribution expedition completed

In 2013 we became the first to measure how the plastic soup in our oceans is vertically distributed in the top layers of the water surface. Two years and six expeditions later, we have created an extensive database of the vertical distribution of ocean plastic in a wide variety of weather conditions.  In order to create an...

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Oceanography

Why the Mega Expedition needs a mothership

We are happy to announce that marine research vessel “Ocean Starr” will join the Mega Expedition fleet to serve as our mothership. Formerly owned by NOAA, this vessel will be able to sample both small and large debris by deploying a surface trawl, big nets and a balloon for aerial surveys. The “Ocean Starr” will...

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Oceanography

First successful trawls during vertical distribution expedition

Expedition update from the Atlantic Ocean

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Oceanography

Announcing the Mega Expedition

The Ocean Cleanup, founded by the Dutchman Boyan Slat (1994) who invented a method aimed at cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, today announced its next major project: the Mega Expedition, in which up to 50 vessels will collect more plastic measurements in three weeks than have been collected in the past 40 years combined....

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Oceanography

The Wylde Swan expedition completed

Only a few days ago our fourth expedition reached the Azores after a month of sailing the North Atlantic Ocean. During this expedition, the team got the chance to deploy the new Multi-Level Trawl V2 for the first time. This device is used to measure plastic concentration at 10 depths simultaneously, and can now be deployed at two...

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Oceanography

Wylde Swan Expedition's departure from Sint Maarten

Today, our sampling team left Sint Maarten, embarking on a month-long expedition through the North Atlantic Gyre. Crew prepares for the expedition, delivering equipment to the Wylde Swan. Eager to join us on an expedition yourself? We still have a few spots left for our June and July expeditions.

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Oceanography

Ocean Plastic Within Reachable Cleanup Depths

A study published today in the journal Biogeosciences is reporting the first ever high-resolution vertical profiles of plastic pollution in the so-called “ocean garbage patches”.

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