Scientists, biologists and artists from several organizations, including the Smithsonian, NOAA, National Geographic, Alaska Marine Stewardship Foundation, Anchorage Museum and the Ocean Conservancy have undertaken a research cruise which will explore marine debris along the Alaska coastline.
|Alaska's beautiful Kenai Peninsula extends from Anchorage to Seldovia|
Project Gyre is taking participants more than 450 miles along the rugged Kenai Peninsula coastline- a rarely-explored stretch of coastline that is accumulating unknown amounts of marine debris. The goal of the project is to paint an ecological picture - both literally and figuratively - of what is happening along Alaska's shores.
|Cruise members photograph wildlife and take in the sights. [Photo: Kip Evans, the Gyre Project]|
Along the 1,000 mile round trip journey, participants will catalog, clean up, and share information about the marine debris they encounter. Ending on a symbolically hopeful note, the cruise will end with a cleanup of Hallo Bay, and an art display featuring the debris at the Anchorage Museum.
You can follow the journey with photos here: http://driftersproject.net/2013/06/gyre-expedition-updates-and-gallery/