This is the Ocean Voyages Institute’s marine plastic recovery vessel and it set a profound record with its largest open ocean clean-up in history. After a 48-day expedition with the largest at sea clean-up to date, it successfully removed 103 tons (206,000 lbs.) of fishing nets and consumer plastics from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Since 2018, the Ocean Voyages Institute’s vessel has been using GPS satellite trackers to find harmful plastic pollution. This successful effort also reconfirms Ocean Voyages Institute’s founder and CEO, Mary Crowley’s theory that one tracker can lead to several nets.
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To further the clean-up process, the ocean miraculously often sorts debris so that a tagged fishing net can lead to other nets and a density of debris within a 15-mile radius. The Pacific Gyre, located halfway between Hawaii and California, is reportedly the largest area with the most plastic, of the five major open ocean plastic accumulation regions, or Gyres, in the world’s oceans.