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As we mentioned previously, TreeHugger is in Valdivia, Chile, preparing to set sail with the 5 Gyres project: A nonprofit that has traveled 22 thousand miles across the ocean observing and documenting plastic pollution.
The trip, which will cross the South Pacific from the coast of Chile to Easter Island, seeks to gather information about a region that has never been explored for plastic pollution.
While moored in the marina with just a few hours before departure, we sat down with Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen, founders of the 5 Gyres Institute, to find out more about the problem and the preliminary results of the former expeditions through the North Pacific, North Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South Atlantic.
After being delayed by a series of events, including the recent Japan earthquake, the expedition is set to leave on Thursday and arrive in Easter Island in mid April.
Afterward, the boat will sail to Tahiti continuing its observation and data gathering activities.
TreeHugger will continue with the crew to Easter Island keeping you updated on the latest findings of the project. Any questions for the scientists on the boat? Let us know in the comments!
Read more about 5 Gyres:
There's More Than One Ocean Trash Gyre! 5 Gyres Project Switches Focus from Great Pacific Garbage Patch to Other 4 Gyres (Video)
The Atlantic Gets Its Own Great Plastic Garbage Patch
TreeHugger Joins 5 Gyres To Sail The South Pacific In Search Of Plastic Pollution