Project Kaisei – Capturing the Plastic Vortex

Project Kaisei consists of a team of innovators, scientists, environmentalists, ocean lovers, sailors, and sports enthusiasts who have come together with a common purpose. To study the North Pacific Gyre and the marine debris that has collected in this oceanic region, to determine how to capture the debris and to study the possible retrieval and processing techniques that could be potentially employed to detoxify and recycle these materials into diesel fuel.

It is estimated that there is over 4,000,000 tons of plastic trash floating in a giant eddy in the North Pacific Ocean.   Birds and fish mistake the plastic for food (they aren’t very smart) and it fills up their stomachs, slowly starving them to death.  This Project aims to figure out if it is possible to remove the majority of the debris, which covers an area the size of Texas in the middle of the North Pacific.

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