WINGS Fellow Anna Cummins reports from Iceland on her latest expedition with the 5 Gyres Institute! Led by 5 Gyre staff, a crew of 13 professional sailors, scientists, advocates, artists, filmmakers, photographers, and journalists arrived in Reykjavik, Iceland after a 3 week plastic pollution research expedition. Their preliminary findings are extremely concerning :
"Microplastic particles were present in every surface sample collected across 2500 nautical miles from Bermuda to Iceland – as well as evidence of microplastics below the surface – an area of plastic pollution science that is still largely unknown."
In accordance with the 5 Gyres mission to engage citizens in a global movement to end the flow of plastics into the world's oceans, they offered a unique opportunity to the public to join the crew and witness firsthand how plastics are impacting marine life.
To learn more about what WWQ Fellow Anna Cummins is working on with the 5 Gyres Institute check out their website and social media pages below: