As part of the first expedition of OET's expanded ocean exploration program, From Shore to the Abyss with The National Geographic Society, the plastic team is conducting a robust microplastic sampling program. Led by Rozalia Project Founder Rachael Miller, the team will create a map of microplastic and anthropogenic microfiber pollution found in the surface waters and air surrounding the Hawaiian Islands of Maui, Lana'i, and Hawai'i Island. This research will contribute as yet undocumented and important knowledge to protect these essential waters.
From Shore To the Abyss: Exploration of Shark Communities and Microplastic Pollution in the Main Hawaiian Islands
In our second leg of the From Shore to the Abyss program, OET and National Geographic Society are exploring the waters of Maui and Hawaiʻi island while studying sharks and microplastic pollution investigating the intersection of humans and the ocean environment to inform policy and management of this ecosystem.
From Shore To the Abyss: Exploration of Maritime Heritage and Microplastic Pollution in the Main Hawaiian Islands
Our third From Shore to the Abyss expedition finds OET and National Geographic Society investigating maritime cultural heritage and plastic pollution in the waters around Lānaʻi and Maui. Both project teams will investigate evidence left behind by humans to better understand what happened in the past, as well as what this means for the future. Projects focus on the intersection of human actions and the ocean environment to inform policy and management of this ecosystem.