Project Kaisei


roject Kaisei is the ocean clean-up initiative of Ocean Voyages Institute, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. It was established to focus    on major ocean clean-up and to raise awareness regarding the global problem of marine debris/ocean trash. Since its inception in 2009, Project Kaisei heralds the need for our ocean ecosystem to recover and takes action both on land and in the sea. To date, Ocean Voyages / Project Kaisei has:

  • Sailed S/V Kaisei

    Project Kaisei’s flagship, on three scientific voyages to the North Pacific Gyre, 2009, 2011 & 2012

  • maritime education

    Participated in maritime education festivals in San Diego, California and Richmond City, British Columbia

  • Marine Debris

    Convened a Marine Debris Collection Equipment Think Tank

  • Educational presentations

    Made educational presentations all over the world

  • Recognition

    Received national and international recognition

  • Created a documentary

    Created a documentary for educational distribution (in final editing)


he vital connection between the health of our global ocean, the health of our planet and our own health is intertwined. It is imperative to stop the flow of marine litter and toxins into our oceans. It is of equal importance to begin significant clean-up efforts along all coast lines and in the Gyres. We must take responsibility, as part of the problem and part of the solution, in order to restore the ocean’s ecosystem and preserve our ocean for future generations. In 2013, Project Kaisei continues this focus.