5 GYRES JOINS OLIVER HAZARD PERRY ON ARCTIC VOYAGE
Opportunity of a lifetime to research plastic pollution aboard first Tall Ship to sail the Northwest Passage in over 100 years
NEWPORT, R.I. (April 2017) — In September, 5 Gyres embarks on its 18th Expedition, this time in partnership with Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island (OHPRI). 5 Gyres Research Director Dr. Marcus Eriksen will join the crew of the 200-foot Tall Ship Oliver Hazard Perry, a USCG-approved Sailing School Vessel, to research plastic pollution during its voyage above the Arctic Circle. The Expedition is open to anyone to join; all who participate will become part of the crew and contribute as citizen scientists to research.
“We’re honored to join OHPRI on this voyage,” Eriksen said. “This valuable data will provide a deeper understanding into the distribution of microplastic and nanoplastic marine pollution above the Arctic Circle.” 5 Gyres will utilize the data in the forthcoming update of the 2014 Global Estimate of Plastic Pollution, which was the first to assess the quantities of surface plastic pollution in the ocean, finding 5.25 trillion particles weighing in at 270,000 tons of “plastic smog” worldwide. The updated Global Estimate will launch in 2017.
Comprising a portion of the Perry’s 14,000 nautical mile 2017 voyage from Nova Scotia to the Arctic and Northwest Passage, 5 Gyres’ plastic pollution research will take place during the trip from Resolute Bay to Pond Inlet, Nunavut from September 10th to 20th. “Simply visiting the Arctic is exciting in itself, but it’s quite another thing to arrive on a Tall Ship where you have been fully immersed in the adventure,” said OHPRI Executive Director Jessica Wurzbacher. “On the Perry, no one is a passenger. Instead, everyone lives aboard and works side-by-side.”
The voyage is open to the 5 Gyres and OHPRI community. The base cost of the 10-day Expedition with 5 Gyres is $11,880, excluding travel, with upgrades available. Berths are also available on legs from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia to St. John’s, Newfoundland; St. John’s, Newfoundland to Pond Inlet, Nunavut; Cambridge Bay to Resolute Bay, Nunavut; Pond Inlet, Nunavut to St. John’s, Newfoundland; and St. John’s, Newfoundland to Newport, Rhode Island. More information is at https://www.ohpri.org/arctic-voyage/.
ABOUT OHPRI SSV Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island is the first ocean-going full-rigged Tall Ship to be built in America in more than 100 years, and will also become the first full-rigged ship to sail the Northwest Passage in that same period. Perry is a modern, steel-hulled vessel purpose-built for training and education to the highest modern safety standards. She accommodates 49 people overnight (including 17 professional crew) and is wheelchair accessible. The mission of the non-profit OHPRI is to provide innovative, empowering education-at-sea programs that promote personal and professional growth. www.ohpri.org
ABOUT 5 GYRES Beginning in 2010, the nonprofit 5 Gyres Institute began a series of scientific firsts by researching plastic in all five subtropical gyres, as well as the Great Lakes and Antarctica. In 2014, the organization published the first Global Estimate of Plastic Pollution. 5 Gyres’ paper on plastic microbead pollution in the Great Lakes inspired a two-year collaborative campaign that culminated in a federal ban, signed by President Obama in 2015. In 2017, 5 Gyres will embark on its 18th Expedition, to research micro and nanoplastic pollution in the Arctic. www.5gyres.org