The Ikkatsu Project had its beginnings on an expedition that examined several different aspects of plastics pollution on the Washington Coast. Project efforts for that initial undertaking established a baseline for the presence of debris from the 2011 tsunami, compared recently cleaned northern beaches to more isolated sections of the southern portion of the route, and documented specific beaches where plastic flotsam and tsunami debris come ashore in larger quantities.
In subsequent years, we have continued to add to the data on different expeditions that have involved specific expert input on a variety of subjects. The Ikkatsu Project has been able to draw on the knowledge and expertise of an advisory board that has helped to direct surveys and make use of the data that has been collected. And, beyond the numbers, members of the advisory board often assist with presenting the issues in ways that connect with people, and that help us all to better understand and act on the things we’ve learned. Each of these dedicated individuals has brought valuable skills and a wealth of knowledge to Ikkatsu’s ongoing research and exploration.
– Dr. Peter Hodum, Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge
– Dr. Marcus Eriksen, 5 Gyres Institute
– Dean Burke, Tacoma and the Sea