Ocean Voyages Institute / Project Kaisei

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About OVI is a non-profit established in 1979, focused on the preservation of maritime arts and sciences, the ocean environment and island culture.
Description Project Kaisei is the ocean clean-up initiative of Ocean Voyages Institute, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco. It was established to focus on major ocean clean-up and to raise awareness regarding the global problem of marine debris/ocean trash. Since its inception in 2009, Project Kaisei heralds the need for our ocean ecosystem to recover and takes action both on land and in the sea. To date, Ocean Voyages / Project Kaisei has:

Sailed S/V Kaisei, Project Kaisei’s flagship, on three scientific voyages to the North Pacific Gyre, 2009, 2011 & 2012
Participated in maritime education festivals in San Diego, California and Richmond City, British Columbia
Convened a Marine Debris Collection Equipment Think Tank
Made educational presentations all over the world
Received national and international recognition
Created a documentary for educational distribution (in final editing)
The vital connection between the health of our global ocean, the health of our planet and our own health is intertwined. It is imperative to stop the flow of marine litter and toxins into our oceans. It is of equal importance to begin significant clean-up efforts along all coast lines and in the Gyres. We must take responsibility, as part of the problem and part of the solution, in order to restore the ocean’s ecosystem and preserve our ocean for future generations. In 2013, Project Kaisei continues this focus.
Mission Capturing the Plastic Vortex
Overview Ocean Voyages Institute (OVI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1979 by a group of international sailors, educators, and conservationists with a mission of teaching maritime arts and sciences and preserving the world’s oceans. OVI is dedicated to providing sail training opportunities to youth on a worldwide basis as well as providing access to the ocean world and educational programs. In 2009, Project Kaisei was launched to focus on major ocean clean-up and to raise awareness regarding the global problem of marine debris/ocean trash.

Ocean Voyages Institute’s Board of Directors and volunteers have extensive experience designing and conducting ocean research projects and sailing education programs. OVI has 34 years of experience which includes: creating marine biology courses for high school students, a Soviet/American Sail on the 290-ft square-rigged ship Druzba from Odessa to Baltimore and return, three scientific expeditions to the North Pacific Gyre, convened a Marine Debris Collection Equipment Think Tank and raised global awareness of this marine debris problem.
Phone 415-332-4684
Web site http://www.oceanvoyagesinstitute.org/

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