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Q&A: All-female voyage sets sail to the Great Pacific garbage patch

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At Kewalo Basin, a group of women are preparing for an important research trip to gather information that affects both humans and the sea.

Island News sat down with Emily Penn, eXXpedition Co-Founder and Mission Director. for a Q&A to find out more.

Q: Can you tell me what you ladies are sailing off to do today?

A: We're sailing out into the middle of the North Pacific to the great pacific garbage patch.  there we're going to study the impacts of plastic pollution on our ocean and the environment.

Q: Why is it so important that you're doing this research and what exactly will you be doing?

A: We'll be collecting samples. Surface water samples, subsurface sediment, and air samples and we'll be looking for what impact is that plastic having on marine life.

Q: There's a specific reason why it's an all women's crew. There's 14 of you setting out today? Why is it all women?

A: A lot of these chemicals that we're finding in the production of plastic and in the ocean, we're also finding inside our bodies. Those chemicals, they're endocrine destructive. They limit hormones. And they particularly affect us girls and our female health. So we thought why not tackle an all women's health issue with an amazing group of women.

Q: Tell us where you'll be sailing off to and how long will you be there for.

A: We'll be out for three weeks and we're heading out to Vancouver. I'll still be on board and we'll have another group join us on the British Columbian coastline into Seattle.

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