Scientists, artists and educators exploring marine debris in southwest Alaska

Gyre-expedition-blue-channel-24Recently, an international team of scientists, artists and educators launched an expedition to study the global marine debris crisis from one of the most breathtaking places on the planet: southwest Alaska.

The Gyre project is a collaboration between the Anchorage Museum and Alaska SeaLife Center, in partnership with several national and Alaska-based organizations.

The Research Vessel Norseman departed from Seward on Friday, June 7, and will travel 450 nautical miles west from Resurrection Bay along the Kenai Peninsula coast, then cross the Kennedy Entrance channel to Shuyak and Afognak islands.

Along the way, the crew will stop to observe, document and collect shoreline trash. The expedition will end with an intensive cleanup of Hallo Bay in Katmai National Park, a remote area that has experienced an influx of debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami.

Howard Ferren of the Alaska SeaLife Center will head the expedition, along with lead scientist Carl Safina, Founding President of Blue Ocean Institute and Research Professor at Stony Brook University in New York.

The expedition also includes representatives from the Smithsonian Institution, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Geographic, Alaska Marine Stewardship Foundation, Anchorage Museum and Ocean Conservancy.

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This expedition is the first phase of the Gyre project. Phase two culminates in a 7,500-square-foot “Gyre” art and science exhibition on view at the Anchorage Museum from February through September, 2014.

The exhibition will tell a global marine debris story through the work of more than 20 artists from around the world, including Los Angeles’ Cynthia Minet, who re-purposes plastic containers into life-size animal sculptures, and San Francisco’s Susan Middleton, who photographs the effects of marine debris on animals.

An exhibition section specific to Alaska will feature the 2013 expedition’s resulting scientific discoveries, as well as art created from trash gathered on Alaska’s beaches during the journey.

The exhibition will incorporate content from the Burke Museum’s “Plastics Unwrapped” exhibition, offering a scientific and cultural history of how plastics are used in our daily lives.

Following its Anchorage debut, the “Gyre” exhibition will be repackaged by the Smithsonian Institution for a tour of the continental U.S.

Gustavo Carrasquel | ANCA24 | blueocean.org

This expedition is the first phase of the Gyre project. Phase two culminates in a 7,500-square-foot “Gyre” art and science exhibition on view at the Anchorage Museum from February through September, 2014.

The exhibition will tell a global marine debris story through the work of more than 20 artists from around the world, including Los Angeles’ Cynthia Minet, who re-purposes plastic containers into life-size animal sculptures, and San Francisco’s Susan Middleton, who photographs the effects of marine debris on animals.

An exhibition section specific to Alaska will feature the 2013 expedition’s resulting scientific discoveries, as well as art created from trash gathered on Alaska’s beaches during the journey.

The exhibition will incorporate content from the Burke Museum’s “Plastics Unwrapped” exhibition, offering a scientific and cultural history of how plastics are used in our daily lives.

Following its Anchorage debut, the “Gyre” exhibition will be repackaged by the Smithsonian Institution for a tour of the continental U.S.

Gustavo Carrasquel | ANCA24 | blueocean.org

– See more at: http://www.bluechannel24.com/?p=23557#sthash.ZhghDOUK.dpuf

This expedition is the first phase of the Gyre project. Phase two culminates in a 7,500-square-foot “Gyre” art and science exhibition on view at the Anchorage Museum from February through September, 2014.

The exhibition will tell a global marine debris story through the work of more than 20 artists from around the world, including Los Angeles’ Cynthia Minet, who re-purposes plastic containers into life-size animal sculptures, and San Francisco’s Susan Middleton, who photographs the effects of marine debris on animals.

An exhibition section specific to Alaska will feature the 2013 expedition’s resulting scientific discoveries, as well as art created from trash gathered on Alaska’s beaches during the journey.

The exhibition will incorporate content from the Burke Museum’s “Plastics Unwrapped” exhibition, offering a scientific and cultural history of how plastics are used in our daily lives.

Following its Anchorage debut, the “Gyre” exhibition will be repackaged by the Smithsonian Institution for a tour of the continental U.S.

Gustavo Carrasquel | ANCA24 | blueocean.org

– See more at: http://www.bluechannel24.com/?p=23557#sthash.ZhghDOUK.dpuf

This expedition is the first phase of the Gyre project. Phase two culminates in a 7,500-square-foot “Gyre” art and science exhibition on view at the Anchorage Museum from February through September, 2014.

The exhibition will tell a global marine debris story through the work of more than 20 artists from around the world, including Los Angeles’ Cynthia Minet, who re-purposes plastic containers into life-size animal sculptures, and San Francisco’s Susan Middleton, who photographs the effects of marine debris on animals.

An exhibition section specific to Alaska will feature the 2013 expedition’s resulting scientific discoveries, as well as art created from trash gathered on Alaska’s beaches during the journey.

The exhibition will incorporate content from the Burke Museum’s “Plastics Unwrapped” exhibition, offering a scientific and cultural history of how plastics are used in our daily lives.

Following its Anchorage debut, the “Gyre” exhibition will be repackaged by the Smithsonian Institution for a tour of the continental U.S.

Gustavo Carrasquel | ANCA24 | blueocean.org

– See more at: http://www.bluechannel24.com/?p=23557#sthash.ZhghDOUK.dpuf

This expedition is the first phase of the Gyre project. Phase two culminates in a 7,500-square-foot “Gyre” art and science exhibition on view at the Anchorage Museum from February through September, 2014.

The exhibition will tell a global marine debris story through the work of more than 20 artists from around the world, including Los Angeles’ Cynthia Minet, who re-purposes plastic containers into life-size animal sculptures, and San Francisco’s Susan Middleton, who photographs the effects of marine debris on animals.

An exhibition section specific to Alaska will feature the 2013 expedition’s resulting scientific discoveries, as well as art created from trash gathered on Alaska’s beaches during the journey.

The exhibition will incorporate content from the Burke Museum’s “Plastics Unwrapped” exhibition, offering a scientific and cultural history of how plastics are used in our daily lives.

Following its Anchorage debut, the “Gyre” exhibition will be repackaged by the Smithsonian Institution for a tour of the continental U.S.

Gustavo Carrasquel | ANCA24 | blueocean.org

– See more at: http://www.bluechannel24.com/?p=23557#sthash.ZhghDOUK.dpuf

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