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72Isea&iISPRING-SUMMER 2010parameters continuously, transmitting data via satellite or otherwireless communications. The SeaKeeper 1000 needs very littlehuman intervention and requires service calls only a fewtimes a year, if that. As such, agencies can save significantlyon labour costs compared to using conventional oceanographicmonitoring systems. The SeaKeeper 1000 is now deployed in more than 45locations worldwide, including on yachts, cruise ships, ferryboats, buoys and piers, and is endorsed by the United Nationsand the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). As thedeveloper of this innovative platform, the InternationalSeaKeepers Society recently decided to make its sensor-interface and overall architecture available pro bono. Byencouraging the ocean-monitoring community to use thefreely licenced SeaKeeper system, it hopes to make this kindof data collection less expensive, to expand the market fornew sensors, and to contribute to an enhanced global ocean-observation system. The SeaKeeper 1000 chest can be installedon any yacht and it costs US$75,000 to underwrite the system.Those who acquire the system in support of 4myplanet will seepart of their funds contributed to Alexia Barrier's project. Thecost is then US$10,000 annually to maintain and calibrate thesystem. Although this may seem a high investment, alldonations are fully tax-deductible in the US and countriessuch as Monaco, where SeaKeepers is registered as anon-profit organisation. For more information, visit www.seakeepers.orgProject KaiseiEvery year, over 260 million tons of plastic is produced, but itis believed that less than five per cent of it is recycled. In manycases, plastic waste that is not incinerated or put in landfillsmakes its way into the oceans. Currently, there are no proposedsolutions to resolve this issue as there is such a significantamount of waste over such a vast area of international waters,and multiple-government cooperation is required. The non-profit organisation Project Kaisei was thereforeestablished to increase awareness of the scale of marine debrisand its impact on our ocean environment. The association'smain focus is the North Pacific Gyre, nicknamed the PlasticVortex, which constitutes a large accumulation of debris in oneof the largest and most remote ecosystems on the planet. Kaiseimeans 'ocean planet' in Japanese, and is the name of the iconictall ship that was one of the two research vessels in the August2009 expedition used for sampling over 3,500 miles of thePacific Ocean. In the summer of 2010, Project Kaisei will launch its secondexpedition to the North Pacific Gyre, sending multiple vesselsto continue marine-debris research and, in particular, to testa variety of marine collection systems. Debris collected will beused for ongoing studies into the feasibility of converting thisto fuel or other useable materials.Project Kaisei was founded by ocean and conservationleaders Doug Woodring, George Orbelian and Mary Crowleyfrom the Ocean Voyages Institute, with the assistance of EdKosior, a renowned plastics expert who has been developinga new solution for treating ocean-based plastic waste and"SeaKeepers symbolizes the luxury yacht community's care and concern for the oceans. Yachts aren't the biggest users of the sea, but they are the most visible, and so we hope that those of us fortunate enough to enjoy the beauty of the sea from the decks of yachts can be the most visible supporters of efforts to resolve the challenges to its health "Jim Gilbert, Board President of SeaKeepers & Co-Founder of Showboats International