Sunday, September 6, 2009

Founder of eBay Visits

Lindsey Hoshaw, grad student from Stanford University and freelance writer, is also on the third leg of this voyage out into the North Pacific Garbage Patch. Lindsey was contacted by the founder of eBay Pierre Omidyar. Pierre visited our ship yesterday to meet Lindsey and to check out the research vessel responsible for bringing awareness to the issue of marine debris that is accumulating in the North Pacific Gyre. Here's some footage of Pierre's visit while Dr. Bill Cooper and Charlie Moore talk to Pierre about the problem with plastics and its effect on marine life.

The items on the table are umbrella handles Charlie collects from the North Pacific Gyre and islands they wash up on like Kamilo Bay.


  1. Hi Bonnie,

    In the video, Dr. Cooper says there is 223,000 tons of micro plastic in the gyre----that's the gyre in the Atlantic, correct? It is all just unbelievable!
    Again, thanks to all of you for this incredible research. Maybe it will help in getting plastic bags banned and consumption of plastic decreased as a whole.

    Ginger Taylor

  2. Yes, that estimate came from our preliminarly trawls in the Sargasso Sea and does not include the big stuff we pulled out. It's a big problem and these voyages are the only way to bring awareness. The next video is equally powerful. Stay tuned and thanks for following.