Are there any efforts underway to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?



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    In 2009, Project Kaisei began investigating the depth and contents of the garbage patch.  They want to be able to turn that plastic waste into diesel fuel, but transportation is a huge obstacle. A team of scientists and conservationists, supported by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Brita, continue to research technologies that can gather and transport the surface waste back to land.

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    Cost is the main deterrant from cleaning up the garbage patch, but the photodegradation of plastic also poses a big problem to clean up (which ties into the transportation issue mentioned above). Instead of biodegrading, plastic is basically shattered by the sun’s rays, resulting in millions of tiny shards of plastic that are nearly impossible to pull out of the water. While groups like Project Kaisei and the Algalita Foundation continue to research and look for active cleanup solutions, many scientists believe that the only path from here is moving away from petroleum-based plastics and shifting entirely to biodegradable products.

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    Yes, there are efforts being organized in the efforts to clean up the Pacific Garbage Patch. Although, even the founder of the garbage patch, Mr. Charles Moore, stated that the patch is impossible to clean, there are many out there who refuse to believe that that  is so.

    The first attempt to clean up the patch of garbage was in June 2009 and the project is referred to as Project Kaisei. Project Kaisai consisted of a team of innovators, ocean lovers, sailors, scientists, and environmentalists with the goal of detoxification of the ocean and recycling the trash and turning it into diesel fuel.

    The more than 3.5 million tons of debris also has the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s attention. The group has also coordinated nation-wide clean up efforts researching resolutions for the clean-up and ideas on ways to prevent further debris from polluting the ocean.

    The enormous vortex of garbage contains trash that mostly came from our  lands. Its founder, Captian Charles Moore accidentally found the patch in the early 1990s when he sailed through an isolated area near Hawaii and has predicted that it is only going to get worse.  The debris affects the world. Animals are often entangled, injured and/or killed when encountering the patch of trash which mostly consists of plastics.

    In conclusion, the Great Pacific Patch is a worldwide issue. While Mr. Chalres Moore does not believe anything can be done about the problem there are groups out there who are set to prove him wrong or who at least plan to prevent the patch from becoming larger and further devastating the ocean and its beautiful creatures.

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