Floating marine debris collection, seen from below. Photo source: NOAA
Capping the most extensive study of marine plastic pollution ever undertaken, pioneering researchers with the 5 Gyres Institute have completed their fifth expedition through all five subtropical gyres, the massive oceanic current systems where plastic pollution accumulates.
The most recent expedition through the South Pacific Gyre covered 2,300 miles, beginning in Valdivia, Chile on March 24th and ending on Easter Island April 9th. Scarce data existed previously on plastic pollution in this region…