The crew of the Sea Dragon is now docked in Vancouver after a 20-day exploratory cruise to the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.”
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The crew of the Sea Dragon is now docked in Vancouver after a 20-day exploratory cruise to the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” The expedition was led by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.
The garbage patch is located in an area of circular current that’s west of Hawaii and east of Japan. The 13-member team collected water samples, fish and pieces of plastic.
The U.S. National Science Foundation’s research estimates the patch is twice the size of Texas. Other estimates suggest it’s much larger.
“It’s like a soup that’s very spread out,” Dr, Marcus Eriksen told a reporter from The Province. “When you drag your net through the water, that’s when you really see the plastic.”
The samples will be tested to better understand the impact of plastic pollution on both marine wildlife and humans, Ericksen said.
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