The ambition is to teach children (and adults) how trash and pollution is spread by ocean currents.
Important to the Fishing Industry
The organizer Runde Environmental Centre is an international environmental research station. The project is cooperation between the centre and shipbuilding group Vard, and aims to give children more knowledge about shipbuilding and ocean currents.
– The Gulf Stream is important for our climate and the fisheries in Norway, says Nils Roar Hareide, researcher at Runde Environmental Centre to NRK.
Large amounts of nutrients from the sea travel along the Gulf Stream and reach the Norwegian coastline. The ocean currents also bring fish eggs and larvae from spawning areas around Runde and the Barents Sea.
The boats will drift northward and be found in the immediate area around Runde, and up to Finnmark County, perhaps all the way to Russia. It is also possible that some may even travel further.
Yellow Rubber Ducks
Ten months after the storm, several ducks appeared in Alaska.
Some of the ducks decided to travel even longer. In 2003, a yellow rubber duck appeared on a beach in Scotland. And in 2007, someone found one on the coast of England.
The 300 wooden vessels launched on Easter Sunday are marked with a name and number. The project will continue for many years. Runde Environmental Centre will eventually visualize how the boats have traveled with the ocean currents on their webpage.
Text modified by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews
Photos: Remi Sagen/NRK