"We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to write us and for bringing this matter to our attention. Please know that we will take your comments under advisement."As you can see the site has yet to be corrected. Of course I do this with the hope that accurate information about Hawaii is portrayed, especially as it pertains to our people, places and native ecosystem. Here's to hoping it gets fixed soon.
"It seems to be my karma in this lifetime to be faced from time to time with tough decisions – and this one is up there in my Top Ten Tough Decisions Of All Time. I spent most of last night agonizing over it. The night seemed hotter than usual in my cabin, and I was – literally and metaphorically – sweating over my options."The decision was a sound one. And although Tuvalu has received international attention about rising sea levels and loss of land, that fact is true in any of the Pacific Islands in that region, Tarawa being no different. This Pacific atolls are so fragile and the people living there are keenly aware of balance we need to maintain to keep it healthy and life sustaining. Roz will have a couple of weeks on Tarawa before regrouping and planning the final leg of her voyage to Australia. There must be a lot going through her mind now, relieved that this segment of the journey is complete, meeting the people of Tarawa, finding storage for her boat and equipment before her next voyage, attending the Climate Summit in Copenhagen in Dec. and finishing her book. This woman is a model for us all. Stay tuned as this journey isn't over.
The Project Kaisei team will embark on a 70 day expedition to the “Plastic Vortex”, on a return voyage from San Francisco to Hawaii in order to
- Study and document the mass of plastic in the ocean
- Test catch methods for removing the plastic particles
- Understand the needs required to undertake an eventual large scale clean-up of the waste material
- Test technology for conversion into an economically viable by-product: diesel fuel.
If the Mission proves successful, and large volumes of plastic can be captured and processed, then a full clean-up operational plan will be initiated within 18 months.
Based on an article on Reuters this past May, the Honolulu Derelict Net Recycling Program is familiar with what it takes to dispose of recovered nets. It's a lengthy process to cut and shred the nets, remove metal and then converted to energy at the HPower plant. Their insights are helping Project Kaisei devise their strategy for the ocean waste disposal. It's quite a monumental task and one that will involve international cooperation.
Project Kaisei is aiming to raise $2M and based on their Facebook Causes page has a ways to go, at least from FB contributors. You can also join the Project Kaisei group on Facebook and follow Doug Woodring on Twitter.
Finally, an update on Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummings. They are on a Junk Ride from Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico, part of the education program of Algalita Marine Reseach Foundation. And while Marcus and Anna are riding their bike down the west coast, Joel Paschal is on the reseach vessel Algalita heading, as we speak to the Pacific Gyre. I don't know if here is a rendevous in the making but obviously the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is generating a lot of needed attention.