Project Kaisei Expedition One


n 2009, Project Kaisei embarked on its first expedition to the North Pacific Gyre. It had two vessels on the month-long trip in August, the “Kaisei”, which is our group’s namesake (a 151ft brigantine), and also the “New Horizon” from Scripps Oceanography. Each research vessel had a crew of scientists and volunteers on board in order to begin to document many of the impacts that might be occurring as a result of the large amounts of floating waste in this area of ocean. Research was carried out for material science, toxicity, invasive species, ecosystem impact and also new catch methods to develop ways for removing some of the debris in the future in a larger scale.

Aboard the Kaisei

Aboard the New Horizon