Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | April 18, 2011

April 18, 2011 Host Corinne Frugoni Discusses Plastic Debris in Our Oceans with Guest Mary Crowley

Project Kaisai Goals and Objectives

To bring together new technologies, innovations, and capabilities that can both help us clean some of the plastic debris from our ocean, as well as prevent it from entering in the first place.

To bring a significant benefit to society in terms of education, environmental awareness, and increased knowledge of the importance of our ocean.

To validate information on the scope and status of the North Pacific Gyre, which can help to establish the metrics and plans needed to bring about a larger scale cleanup in the future.

To bring about more focused education and research on marine debris issues, which will entail information on toxins, ecosystem impact, remediation or recycling possibilities, and new prevention options.

Mary Crowley

Mary Crowley is the founder and executive director of Ocean Voyages Institute established in 1979 as a public charity based in Sausalito, California, with the goal of preserving the maritime arts and sciences, the ocean environment and island cultures. Mary is one of the founders and project directors of the environmental mission Project Kaisei. She is also founder and CEO of Ocean Voyages, Inc, an international yacht chartering company which offers trips on sailing vessels and luxury yachts worldwide.

Ms. Crowley previously served as Executive Director of the Oceanic Society, publisher of Oceans magazine and on the board of Directors of Project Jonah, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Sail San Francisco and many other organizations. Her current board positions include Ocean Voyages Institute, WELL Network as well as the Richardson Bay Maritime Association. She is a founding member of Planetree, which enhances healing environments in hospitals and healthcare education.

Besides being an educated and ardent environmentalist, Mary has found time to enjoy exploring the world via yacht, logging over 70,000 miles at sea. She was a teacher and program director for the Oceanic School of New York on board the 345″ Brigantine Statsraad Lehmkuhl for nine months, (a school year). She was also on the first voyage of S.E.A. of Woods Hole on board the Brigantine Westward as staff. She has sailed in the Galapagos archipelago 17 times as well as repeat visits to most of the world’s ocean areas. Mary is currently embarking aboard the 151″ Brigantine Kaisei for a month-long expedition to the North Pacific Gyre as on board program director for Project Kaisei.

It is Mary’s lifelong passion for sailing, snorkeling, diving and exploring the world’s oceans that has fueled her continuing commitment and dedication to ocean conservation and the marine environment. She feels we all need to take action to improve the health of our oceans.

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