We CAN clean the ocean - Expedition CLEAN is underway!
We are onboard Rozalia project’s research vessel, American Promise, with a crew of 9 people from all over the country bound for remote islands and coastal waters in the Gulf of Maine for Expedition CLEAN!
The goals of this expedition are to:
Clean shorelines on remote islands off the coast of Maine - we will pick up thousands of pieces of trash
Conduct research and clean the surface of the Gulf of Maine in collaboration with a guest scientist from the University of New England
Continue research and development of Rozalia Project’s low-bycatch marine debris net in order to effectively clean the surface in protected and fragile coastal areas
Use a drone to conduct aerial surveys of shorelines to understand the concentration, distribution and type of debris on the shoreline and use the data to make cleanups more effective
Deliver an inspiring and effective marine debris education program to high school students at the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership’s marine biology program
Share the fact that shoreline cleanups do work to protect our ocean.
Why we are optimistic
We believe that we can clean the ocean. Our success will come because we are addressing the entire water column, surface to seafloor, and using multiple methods from restoration (cleanup) to solutions-based research to prevention through education programs.
We are changing the conversation about marine debris bringing the focus to our land-sea interface, innovative solutions and the knowledge that every effort for a clean ocean makes a difference! Here is an example of how we KNOW that every effort makes a difference…
You can stop 65,000 pieces of microplastic from entering the ocean in one easy motion!
Anyone can prevent 65,000 pieces of microplastic from ending up in the center of oceans potentially getting eaten by fish and transferring toxic persistent organic pollutants from entering the human food chain… just by picking up a water bottle on the beach or shoreline; preventing its escape in the first place or, even better, keeping the materials loop closed by making sure it is recycled.
Learn more about just how much of a difference we can all make and find out how many pieces of 1mm microplastic you can keep out of the ocean by picking up just one bottle cap (what is your guess?) and follow our progress on Facebook, Twitter and Rozalia Project's blog and new website!