South Atlantic Gyres 

James Pribram and 5 Gyres Institute Researchers embarked on the world’s first voyage of its kind in November of 2010, to show that every ocean on the globe is polluted with plastic garbage Harming marine wildlife and potentially threatening human health.

The 5 Gyres team, lead by co—founders Marcus Eriksen, PhD and Anna Cummins, sailed from Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town, South Africa on the first transatlantic Southern Hemisphere plastic–pollution research trip. The 13—member crew of researchers, journalists and others studied the South Atlantic Gyre first hand and showed the world that the scourge is not Just confined to a single mythical “Texas—size garbage patch”.