The Ikkatsu Project had its beginnings in 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 done different expeditions that have involved specific scientific 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 continues to make use of the data that has been collected. Each of these dedicated individuals has brought valuable skills and a wealth of knowledge to Ikkatsu’s ongoing research and exploration.
– Dr. Marcus Eriksen, 5 Gyres Institute
– Dr. Peter Hodum, Dr. Michelle Hester, Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge
– Dr. Abigail Barrows, Marine Environmental Research Institute (MERI)