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Depart: Hamilton, Bermuda
Arrive: Horta, Azores
Length: 17 days
Focus: Plastic Pollution with 5 Gyres
Sea Dragon is proud to be a part of the first ever trans-Atlantic survey for marine plastics. A research team led by Dr. Marcus Ericksen and Anna Cummins of 5 Gyres will continue work first started in the Pacific as a joint effort with Algalita Marine Research Foundation, The Explorers Club, 5gyres.org, and Livable Legacy. The Expedition will also add an important and innovative angle on the challenge marine environmental issues – Art. Maarten Vanden Eynde, a Dutch artist will lead a team to collect plastic debris from the North Atlantic. His group is working on massive interpretive artwork – seen at Plastic Reef.org . Sea Dragon is crossing the North and South Atlantic Ocean with a science crew investigating plastic accumulation zones in the gyres formed by ocean currents, as well as investigating the fate of micro plastics once they sink below the surface of the ocean. The team has been working a full schedule on land in Bermuda as well. They are conducting important beach surveys, meeting with local research teams, and supporting environmental education on the island. Their route will take them from St. Thomas, USVI through to Bermdua and then on to the Portuguese Azores Islands.