Fishing for plastic in a peaceful sea

The Oregonian
February 14, 2013

As a marine biologist, and a veteran of some 800 research dives, Thom Young had heard quite a bit about the Pacific Ocean’s “garbage patch,” the quiet spots in the North Pacific Gyre where plastic accumulates amid rotating currents.

On a Plastics at SEA voyage late last year, Young, a 33-year-old from Milwaukie, and 37 other crew members got to experience it firsthand.

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