& ADVENTURE - The Clean Ocean Project expedition catamaran - Perhaps you’ve dreamed of becoming a research scientist working on a deserted beach saving the planet? If your dreams include traveling aboard a luxurious private sailing yacht to these exotic
locations with your own personal captain and crew - you could be in luck.
“One Beach at a Time” is booking cruises to your dream port-of-call. Your customized itinerary suits your personal travel goals and our project needs. Trips utilize late model charter catamarans with 3 private double cabins for discerning adventure travelers. Field research activities start your days with time later for surfing, sailing, or diving.
Voyage costs are dependent upon destination, duration and individual itinerary. A portion of your charter fee is tax deductible. Charters are booked on a ‘per boat’ basis up to 6 passengers.
These expeditions offer a rare opportunity to assist in field research in destinations off the beaten path. Guests help us refine techniques and equipment for monitoring and removing plastic pollution from isolated environments establishing relationships with local inhabitants conducting surveys and educating their communities about plastic pollution and the value of environmental stewardship.
Evenings involve a mix of classes, entertainment and preparation for our guests educational presentations to the communities we visit and upon your return home.
TCOP was founded in 2008 to address marine plastic pollution plaguing the world’s oceans and beaches. They claim to have developed an economically and environmentally sustainable method for removing and recycling plastic pollution and
they want you to get involved.
The world's oceans are polluted with millions of tonnes of plastic.
We know that polluted waterways are a major source of marine plastic. As rainwater washes into gutters and
storm drains, it carries with it what humans have left behind. In addition to discarded trash there is a dangerous cocktail of chemicals spilling into our oceans;
petroleum products from our cars, pesticides and fertilizers from agriculture, manure from stockyards and human waste and pharmaceutical residue from overloaded sewage systems.
Among the many chemical and biological toxins found floating in the ocean, scientists have identified a number of particularly harmful compounds called “persistent organic pollutants” or
POPs, and exposure can cause disruption of the endocrine, reproductive, and immune systems.
Floating plastics attract POPs from surrounding water like a magnet and accumulate and transport them around the globe in levels up to a million times higher than in surrounding sea water. These are known to be harmful to animals and humans when ingested.
Plastic pollution could reach food consumed by humans. There is growing evidence that toxins associated with plastic in the gyre are responsible for human health problems such as cancers,
brain, reproductive and cardiovascular damage.
Plastic reaches the oceans mostly from land through rivers and waterways, and then accumulates in five areas of high concentration, called oceanic gyres. Plastic
pollution costs governments, companies and individuals millions of dollars in damages per year, due to loss in tourism, vessel damages and (inefficient) beach clean-ups.
Not only do such 'garbage
patches' directly kill millions of aquatic animals annually. They also spread harmful algae and other invasive species, and serves as a transport medium for pollutants (including PCBs and DDT), which accumulate in the food chain.
- Captain Jim “Homer” Holm has been Coast Guard licensed since 1979. He
has seen many corners of the planet by sea. His first love is sail training and education, especially aboard “Tallship” style traditional sailing craft.
Captain Holm has created curricula for acclaimed marine education programs in his home waters of the Monterey Bay in California that have enabled over 70,000 students and adults to learn more about what the ocean means to their lives.
Homer is also the cofounder and Executive Director for The Clean Oceans Project working to eliminate plastic pollution from the oceans.
Nice one Jim!
To eliminate plastic pollution through research, education and direct action.
The Clean Oceans Project (TCOP) is a 501c3 non-profit in Santa Cruz, California with a vision of an ocean free of plastic pollution. Our practical solution to
plastic pollution assesses plastic debris concentrations, removes it from the environment with minimal impact and processes it into fuel to run the operation. Demonstration of
plastic to fuel conversion provides a financial motivation to manage plastic as a valuable resource rather than discard it as a toxic nuisance.
GOODIES - We like the artwork on the back of the project T shirt. Hats
are also available to show your support for this worthwhile project.
Integrate new technologies with traditional skills to identify the qualities, quantities and boundaries of plastic marine pollution and employ environmentally sensitive techniques to remove it from the environment and recycle it while providing incentive for increased stewardship of plastic waste.
Technologies Incorporated has been developing innovative remote
sensing and survey solutions for over twenty years. ATI is
dedicated to providing the military and scientific communities
with flexible and affordable unmanned aircraft, autopilots, and
related systems. ATI also provides consulting and training
services to UAS developers. http://www.atiak.com
company in Japan invented and sells machines that turn plastics
back into oil using a simple, quick and clean process. These
machines can be small enough to fit on a table at home.
Law Group LLP
Law Group is a community-conscious law firm providing innovative
solutions and practical advice to assist clients in achieving
their personal goals and business objectives. From the individual
to the small business, from the non-profit to the Fortune 500
company, CLG delivers uncompromised legal representation founded
upon core values of integrity, efficiency, and aggressive
obtained a bachelor’s degree in environmental science with a
minor in studio art from Juniata College. Many of her life
experiences involve scientific research, the visual arts, or a
combination thereof. As a recent graduated of the science
illustration program at U.C. Extension Santa Cruz, Kelly is
uniting her passions in science and art in hopes of using them to
spread scientific knowledge. Her work-related travels have
included Yosemite National Park, CA; Homer, AK; and Puerto Viejo,
Costa Rica. http://www.kellyfinan.com
Bank is locally owned and operated in Santa Cruz County. We strive
to provide superior personalized financial services to the members
of the Santa Cruz community. http://www.lighthousebank.net
and FUNDRAISERS - SPECIAL
Although all contributions are highly appreciated,
the team owe a special thanks to:
and Karleen Turnbull
Jeff Larkey/Route 1 Farms
Margarita Daly and her 4th grade art class at Fogelsville
Elementary, Breinigsville, PA
The Pillsbury Foundation
Clean Oceans Project thanked these friends and local businesses for their
donations to their April 2011 fundraiser ‘Race Night at Seymour
Downs’. Without their generous support they could not have had such a
successful event! TCOP encourages you to SHOP LOCAL and patronize these
fine businesses whenever you can.
Aptos Martial Arts Academy
Art by Amadeo Bachar
Art by Andrew Ward
Art by David Kimball Anderson
Art by Jason James Rimmer
Art by Katrina King
Art by Mark Beckner
Awaken Massage Therapy
Bella Vista Landscape Services
Blue Ocean Whale Watch
Coast Paper and Supply
Crossfit Central with Annie Sakamoto
El Jardin Restaurant
El Palomar Restaurant
Glaumm Egg Ranch
H&H Fresh Fish
Haut Surf Shop
Kiri Covers Hawaii
Massage by Awaken Massage Therapy
Massage by Jane Clemens
Massage by Michael Goldman
Massage by Sheri Simpson
Massage by Toni Fava
Monterey Bay Seaglass
Old Creek Ranch
Outstanding in the Field
Pacific Edge Climbing Gym
Penny Ice Creamery
Photography by Jo Ann Manolis
Photography by Kelley Richards
by Peggy Stap
Photography by Stone Imagery
Pizza My Heart
Polar Bear Ice Cream
Route 1 Farms
Richard Schmidt Surf School
San Jose Sharks
Stagnaro Bros. Seafood
Stranded Beauty Bar
Straus Family Creamery
The Board Room
The Crepe Place
The Flint Center
The Lochtefeld Agency
The Spokesman Bike Shop
Ward Coffey Shapes
Whaler’s Car Wash
Wild Thyme Botanicals
Zelda Jewelry by Zelda Tallman
Zen Trading Company
Zyla Jewelry by Sara Berquist
Clean Oceans Project
333 Lake Avenue, Suite D
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
PENDING - A non-polluting vessel such as the Bluefish ZCC concept
could be an ideal base machine when it comes to filtering garbage from the world's ocean
gyres. Several of these cleaners operating as Atlantic, Indian and Pacific
ocean fleets could make such
conservation measures cost effective, and even potentially attractive to
governments around the world - for the health of the world. Recovered
plastic could be processed to produce oil, energy or recycled products.
Better than letting fish and seabirds eat the waste and kill themselves, and
who knows how that may affect us, where seafood is an essential resource for
mankind. Click on the picture above to read more >>>>>>