Posted by Ken Campbell April 19, 2012 0 Comment 1045 views

One of the tasks we’ll be doing on this summer’s Ikkatsu Expedition is pulling a trawl net that is designed to catch microplastic that is floating in the water. We tried it out on our trip around Vashon a few weeks ago and we’ve come up with some modifications that will hopefully make it easier to deploy and use. Another idea, since it is a fairly big drag (even though it’s a pretty small net), is to use an in-line tow with Kiwi out in front. He’ll be able to use a sail as well, and these things should all help to make it successful.
We got the net from Dr. Marcus Eriksen at the 5 Gyres Institute. Check out their site (and their link to the expedition web site), here.

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