Long Beach Researcher and his Crew Study Plastic Pollution in North Pacific

Posted: July 17, 2014

By: Karen Robes Meeks [Long Beach Press Telegram]

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- A floating island of plastic refuse in the North Pacific has grown and spread much farther than its discoverer had expected, his organization said Tuesday.

Charles Moore, founder of a Long Beach marine research nonprofit, is on a 30-day expedition to the North Pacific Central Gyre, a rotating ocean current where debris from disposable utensils, straws and other plastics has formed a trash vortex about 1,000 miles north of Hawaii.

Moore, who discovered the island 15 years ago, embarked on his eighth expedition on June 29, leaving Alamitos Bay Marina with a crew of six researchers to the North Pacific Central Gyre to study the ocean surface for plastic pollution.

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