This group in Hawaii has set a record for trash hauled from the Pacific Ocean after pulling an incredible 103 tons of debris from the depths of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The Ocean Voyages Institute departed from the port of Honolulu in June for its 48-day mission of yanking tons of plastic, fishing nets, and debris from the water. They just returned from the voyage with a record haul of pulling 103 tons of trash.
The trash was taken out of what’s known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” For the uninitiated, the “Patch” is a dense collection of marine debris located in the North Pacific Ocean. The Patch lies between the U.S. states of Hawaii and California.
Approximately 1.15 to 2.41 million tons of plastic enter the ocean through rivers every year. Instead of sinking, the plastics are transported by currents and ultimately end up accumulating in the Patch.
Ocean Voyages Institute is known for sponsoring Patch clean-up efforts for a while now. According to the Institute, this trip has been their most successful so far.
Last year they were able to pull out 40 tons of weight. This year they were able to double the figure more than.
Mary Crowley, the group’s founder, and executive director said,
“I am so proud of our hard-working crew. We exceeded our goal of capturing more than 100 tons of toxic consumer plastics and derelict ‘ghost’ nets — and in these challenging times, we are continuing to help restore the health of our ocean, which influences our own health and the health of the planet.”
The Kwai and Ocean Voyages Institute is planning another trip to collect even more debris. The length of the voyage depends on how much the group secures in donations.
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Good Job guys !!
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