For those of you who aren’t acquainted with Mary Crowley. Mary Crowlew. Ocean Diva Deluxe.Sailor, dreamer, teacher, inspirer of micracles. CEO Ocean Voyages, Project Kaisei Founder..
Since 2008 she has headed Project Kaisei (projectkaisei.org), a nonprofit organization that’s attempting to clean up the plastic in the world’s oceans, starting with the garbage patch.
(Marine scientists have identified four other major gyres in the South Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and none of the world’s seas are plastic free.)Crowley’s plan is ambitious.
Part of it involves bringing researchers to the gyre in the 151-foot Kaisei (the word means “ocean planet” in Japanese) so they can measure the extent of plastic pollution and its effect on sea life. Expeditions in 2009 and 2010 have yielded important—and ominous—data; a third trip is scheduled for this year. She’s also rallying entrepreneurs to create and adapt technology that can remove and detoxify plastic without harming marine life.