It’s Official: There’s Plastic in All of the Subtropical Ocean Gyres

Five oceanic gyres. Illustration: NOAA


Mixed with the ocean microorganisms, an increasing number of plastic particles continues to appear and to confirm that this material is present in the five subtropical gyres explored by the 5 Gyres project.

At the risk of been taken out of context by plastic industry opportunists, let’s just say it: there is no plastic island, or big pile of trash floating in the middle of the ocean. It’s more accurate to talk about a plastic soup: small particles that are floating in the water not visible to the eye unless you take the trawl samples this expedition has been taking.

Despite the lack of a theatrical spectacle, it’s still a surreal thing to see some of the results of the sampling…

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