Technologies for Observing and Monitoring Plastics in the Oceans

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2020 Cascais Workshop
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Plastics in the oceans pose a mounting existential threat to life in the oceans and on land, including human life, and technologies to observe, measure and monitor the flow of plastics into, and within, the oceans are urgently needed in support of mitigating the threat.

Tracking Ghost Nets in the Pacific

Risa Sybrandy

Pacific Gyre, 3740 Oceanic Way, Suite 302, Oceanside 92056, CA, United States  


A paper published in March 2018 estimates 47% of all the ocean debris of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch consists of fishing nets. These fishing nets, known as Ghost Nets are an environmental and biological hazard. Pacific Gyre is currently working with Mary Crowley founder of the Ocean Voyages Institute to build trackers specifically designed to attach to and track these nets.

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