Plastic pollution in the Sargasso Sea

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The Sargasso Sea, a region in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, is perhaps best known to Caribbean people because of its use in the title of Jean Rhys’ most famous novel, Wide Sargasso Sea (1966), where it symbolizes the cultural divide between the Caribbean and England – the respective homelands of the novel’s two main characters: Antoinette Cosway and Mr. Rochester.

As Eddy Patricelli reports for Caribbean Travel & Life, the Sargasso Sea has sadly become home to a huge garbage patch, the North Atlantic Trash Gyre. See http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/03/100302-new-ocean-trash-garbage-patch. Justin Lewis, a photographer for Islands Magazine, is creating a documentary short film and photo book about the Sargasso Sea ecosystem with a focus on plastic pollution in the North Atlantic Gyre. Read more about this project on Kickstarter, http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1452100454/showing-the-real-face-of-plastic-pollution-in-our or on Lewis’ blog, http://70degreeswest-explore.com/2013/03/06/plastic-pollution-phase-iii-kickstarter. Note: the project has reached its funding goal.

Original story at http://www.caribbeantravelmag.com/blogs/documenting-north-atlantic-trash-gyre

Our thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.

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