Dutch Entrepreneur Says He Can Clean Up the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

Dutch Entrepreneur Says He Can Clean Up the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

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Tracking the Pacific's Great Garbage Patch http://bit.ly/1Ievp9i via @Justmeans @TheOceanCleanup

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Friday, June 26, 2015 - 8:00am



This summer, a small armada of vessels from all over the globe will converge in the Pacific Ocean. Their arrival is expected to herald what arguably can be called one of the more creative environmental cleanup projects. As many as fifty boats consisting of everything from research vessels to private cruisers, sailboats and commercial fishing vessels will track the Pacific's Great Garbage Patch as it makes its rocky journey through currents between Hawaii and the California coastline.

The mega exploration, as the team at the nonprofit organization, The Ocean Cleanup, calls it, will help the organization close in on their efforts to clean up the burgeoning debris in the world’s oceans.

“At least 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic are currently in the oceans, a third of which is concentrated in the infamous Pacific Great Garbage Patch,” the NGO says. Researchers have already checked the open seas in an effort to get a sense of where the garbage is located within the five massive gyres that span the globe.

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Jan Lee splits her residence between the rural lands of Idaho and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her articles on business, eco-travel, history and culture have been published in the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. 

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