The nonprofit organization Ocean Voyages Institute removed more than 40 tons of trash from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Four ocean currents converge to create a vortex in this region that collects huge amounts of plastics including fishing nets, detergent bottles, beer and soft drink crates, bleach and cleaning bottles, plastic furniture, packaging straps, buckets, and children's toys.
The sailing cargo ship, S/V KWAI, completed a 25-day clean up mission in the Pacific, between California and Hawaii. OVI has mounted nine previous clean-up voyages to the area but says its latest haul was the largest and most successful to date.
It is very disturbing to be sailing through what was only decades ago a pristine ocean wilderness and find it filled with our all-too-familiar garbage...Urgent action is needed at all levels: curtailing the manufacture of throwaway plastics, preventing plastic trash from entering the oceans, and enlisting the public, corporations, and the maritime industry in education, prevention, innovation and massive cleanup efforts. The question is, are we ready to make it a priority to protect 72 percent of the planet? ~ Mary Crowley, Founder and Executive Director of OV Institute
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