23 July 2018
Imogen Napper is an accomplished researcher, and MCS Sea Champion, passionate about microplastics and their effects on the marine environment. She is the perfect crew member for all female “Exxpedition”, which, right now, is sailing through and documenting the extent of plastic pollution in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
I know how bad the situation is, but I would like to see it with my own eyes.
MCS Sea Champion
The North Pacific Exxpedition is a challenging voyage of three thousand nautical miles between Hawaii, Vancouver and Seattle. The all-female crew aims to raise awareness of, and solutions for, the devastating environmental and health impacts of single-use plastic and toxics in the world’s oceans. They have journeyed through the densest ocean plastic accumulation zone on the planet, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, on board a 72ft exploration sailing vessel Sea Dragon.
The crew set off on the first leg on the 23rd June, and were joined by Imogen for the second leg on the 21st July, heading to Seattle via Vancouver Island.
Imogen, who completed her PhD studying the sources and fate of microplastics in the marine environment, is passionate about science communication, and is using this North Pacific expedition as a platform to encourage positive change. She says “I know how bad the situation is, but I would like to see it with my own eyes. I hope to use this experience as a platform for outreach work, demonstrating that there needs to be a change now; not in a few years”.
In typical style, she did a beach clean with the crew before joining the boat at anchor in Vancouver, finding over 500 cigarette butts amongst other debris.
We’ll be watching the crew’s every move at www.exxpedition.com/northpacific.
The journey finishes in Seattle on the 28th July.