Gyre Expedition Probes Impact of Plastic Pollution on Remote Beaches

Earlier this summer, a team of scientists and artists set out along coastal Alaska, to document the impact that plastic pollution is having on remote beaches. The project, called the Gyre Expedition, was launched by the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Anchorage Museum.

The goal is multimedia reportage and art that will be showcased in Anchorage, at the Smithsonian, and in a touring exhibit that will crisscross the country.

In the words of expedition chief scientist Carl Safina, the team will be “bearing witness, perhaps witnessing bears, and talking trash.”

Check back later in the month for video from the expedition.

View dispatches from the Gyre Expedition from Carl Safina, the team’s chief scientist, in Ocean Views.


  1. Yogesh Vyas
    Houston, Texas
    August 25, 2013, 4:27 am

    What is the source – domestic or debris from Indian Ocean tsunami or Fukushima event?

  2. Lorenzo Rossato
    August 18, 2013, 9:39 am

    Would love to join you!