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.

Click here to read more.

captcha dbd6b2a8f3b844c9abbc4ea16dcfc0ec
 

Free Digital Guide to Pacific Coast Marinas