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Nonprofit Scoops Up Plastic Pollution From Pacific Ocean

Debris Ocean Voyages Institute removed from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch i...

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Above: Debris Ocean Voyages Institute removed from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in June is pictured.

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has become a floating symbol of pollution on this planet. Ocean Voyages Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the ocean environment, is one of the groups trying to do something about it.

Aired: December 5, 2019 | Transcript

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch has become a floating symbol, and terrible example, of pollution on this planet. The patch is in the north Pacific Ocean between the coast of California and the coast of Asia.

Ocean Voyages Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the ocean environment, is one of the groups trying to do something about it. In June, it removed 42 tons of plastic from the patch. The fishing nets and consumer plastics filled four large containers. Next year, the organization plans to increase that tenfold and remove 420 tons of plastic.

RELATED: Study: Microplastics A Million Times More Abundant In Ocean Than Previously Thought

Ocean Voyages Institute founder Mary Crowley recently spoke about the expedition at the San Diego Maritime Museum. She joined Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss the impact of plastics in the ocean.

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