Our seas have been found to contain vast patches of plastic-based junk and sludge that have got so out of control, scientists say they may be impossible to clean up. Most of the junk comes from cruise ships, marine activity, and careless recreational users.
The largest single area of sea garbage is known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which lies in an area between Hawaii and California. It is roughly twice the size of the state of Texas, but there are more. Off the coast of California, an area known as the eastern garbage patch, and the western garbage patch, closer to Japan, together are twice again the size of the Pacific patch.
Hope may be on the way in form of a Dutch inventor, Boyan Slat, 22, founder and CEO of The Ocean Clean Up.
Working since the age of 19 to devise an effective way of using the sea’s currents to get it out and then sell it to plastic recyclers to fund the operation, Slat’s company plans to launch a massive effort beginning in 2020.
Other than Slat’s efforts, far too little is being done to keep the garbage fields from growing. Concerned citizens should be made aware of the dangers to marine and aviary life.