Mary T. Crowley, Project Kaisei & Ocean Voyage Institute

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

7:00 PM- 9:00 PM

Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito, CA

$5 Donations Requested for Research Grants

Project Kaisei is the ocean clean-up initiative of Ocean Voyage 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.

The 151’ Brigantine Kaisei has conducted a number of major expeditions to the North Gyre in addition to voyages to British Columbia and Mexico. These voyages have accomplished significant scientific research and resulted in global newspaper and magazine articles and TV and film pieces highlighting the devastating effects of plastic pollution in our ocean. All efforts to stop the flow of plastic into our global ocean — including innovations in manufacturing, packaging, changes in people’s behavior, and cleanups of all types, from neighborhood to river to beach to gyre — are important. The very act of picking up plastics creates awareness and change in behavior. People engaged in cleanup often inspire changed behavior in others around them.

About Mary T. Crowley:  Mary Crowley is the founder and executive director of Ocean Voyages Institute established in 1979 as a public charity and 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 director of the Project Kaisei , the ocean clean-up initiative of Ocean Voyages Institute. She is also founder and CEO of Ocean Voyages, Inc, an international yacht chartering company that offers trips on sailing vessels and luxury yachts worldwide. She believes access to the ocean world educates people on the importance of its preservation. Mary has sailed aboard the 151′ Brigantine Kaisei for two month-long expeditions to the North Pacific Gyre as on board program director for Project Kaisei.

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, the Richardson Bay Maritime Association and the SAN SALVADOR. 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 well over 100,000 miles at sea. 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. She is committed to fostering solutions on the urgent issue of plastic debris in our global ocean both through stopping the flow of plastic garbage into to the ocean and through massive ocean clean-ups.