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The “eXXpedition” ocean plastic research mission will today set sail in the remote South Pacific Ocean from Easter Island towards Tahiti, on the eighth leg of a pioneering all-female sailing voyage around the world for scientific research into ocean plastic. The aim of eXXpedition Round the World is to study microplastics in our ocean with a focus on pinpointing solutions and innovations to ocean plastic pollution back on land.

The two-year scientific research mission first set sail from the United Kingdom in October 2019, sailing through some of the most important and diverse marine environments on the planet. This includes crossing four of the five oceanic gyres, where ocean plastic is known to accumulate, and the Arctic. “Easter Island is an incredibly important stop on our world mission. The South Pacific Gyre is the least researched accumulation zone and we’re looking forward to being able to share our learning and experiences once our inbound crew reaches land,” explains Emily Penn, mission director for eXXpedition. More here.