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By: Sarah Sharkey
A crew of sailors recently spent three weeks at sea collecting water samples on a run from Hawaii to
Vancouver. The crew was composed entirely of 14 female sailors who wanted to complete the
This was the 10th female led sail by Expedition, a group focused on ocean pollution and women involved
in Natural Science.The team was composed of women from all walks of life. Emily Penn, the lead
sailor, even said: “For a lot of them it was their first time out at sea, their first time crossing an ocean.”
The team is hoping that the water samples will show the prevalence of micro-plastics in our oceans.
The samples were given to the researchers at Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program in mid-July.
Penn had this to say about the expedition, “The problem is getting worse. We know that more and more
plastic is building in the middle of these accumulation zones and it’s really getting to the critical point
that we need to do something about it.”
The micro-plastics are a huge problem, but so are the countless other items of trash floating through the
water. It is a shockingly large problem that will require the effort of everyone to solve.
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