Crewmembers analyze plastic samples (Photo by Sophie Dingwall)

Lessons from a Round-the-World Voyage Cut Short

eXXpedition clocked 10,000 nautical miles before COVID-19 hit— and they aren’t done

Crew collect trash on an uninhabited island in the San Blas Islands (Leg 5, photo by Sophie Dingwall)
Photo by Nomad Neumonics

“We all live on the planet, we all consume plastic or have plastic as part of our lives, and therefore we need all solutions to make a difference.”

Left: microplastic samples; right: a crewmember uses the Perkin Elmer FT-IR (Photos by Sophie Dingwall)
Left: the manta trawl skims the ocean surface; right: Sally Earthrowl inspects a surface sample (Leg 4, photos by Jamie Coleman)

“We’re just making the most of the opportunities we’ve got at the moment with the SHiFT platform and the virtual impact we can make.”

Findings onshore (Leg 5, photo by Sophie Dingwall)

“If you don’t turn off the tap, you’re constantly going to be mopping. It’s about stopping that flow of plastics into the ocean that we really value as the biggest change.”

Leg 3, photo by Sophie Dingwall