On January 2oth, 2008 ORV Alguita set out on a winter expedition through the North Pacific Gyre, sailing from Hilo, HI to Los Angeles, CA to conduct further research on oceanic plastic debris. The crew of 6 collected samples for lab analysis, as well as for future Algalita Marine Research Foundation education projects.
Analysis from Algalita's September 2007 expedition shows a five fold increase in plastic quantities in the Gyre since Captain Charles Moore began his research in 1997. The data gathered during the winter of 08 once again showed an increase in the density of small plastic particles. We also discovered alarming trends in the consumption of these small particles in Myctophidae species caught in night manta trawls. A new area of research that we intend to pursue further in the 2009 voyage
September Gyre Expedition, 2007
ORV Alguita departed Long Beach California on September 9, 2007 for a three week voyage out to the eastern "Garbage Patch" in the Pacific Gyre. During this extended voyage the vessel's 6 person research team collected samples to help answer questions about the growing amount of plastic in the ocean.