Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

OEHHA and Project Kaisei

OEHHA Scientist Dr. Margy Gassel recently returned from working with Project Kaisei.

Project Kaisei's mission was 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.

"Every day, every night, we'd pull up samples and pour the water through a sieve. It would be completely clogged with tiny pieces of plastic," Dr. Gassel told the San Jose Mercury-News upon her return. "It was so disturbing."

Kaesei crew

Photo: Corinne Hume, Heather Coleman, Nicole Argyopolous, (Dr.) Michael Gonsior, Jean-Michel Cousteau, (Dr.) Andrea Neal, and (Dr.) Margy Gassel


turtle and plastic



(Photo: Jean Michel Cousteau, Drs. Andrea Neal, Margy Gassel, and Troy Brajkovich)


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