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August 5th, 2009

Revisiting Toxic Garbage Island

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

From the Honolulu Advertiser:
Ocean is choking on trash
“Joel Paschal, a crewman aboard the California-based marine research vessel Alguita, spent the past seven weeks sailing through a floating trash dump.

“We’re analyzing the (marine life) samples and looking in their stomachs to see which fish really eat plastic,” said Paschal, 33, of Waikiki. “This time, we saw mahimahi with plastic in the stomach. That was the first time we’d ever seen that.”

The Alguita is in Honolulu following a survey trip through what has become known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a band of floating trash north of Hawai’i. Swept loosely together by ocean currents, the patch has been estimated by some scientists to be twice the size of Texas.”


Moore is the person credited with “discovering” the Great Pacific Garbage Patch while sailing from California to Hawai’i in the 1997 Transpac yacht race.”

As soon as I saw the ocean choking on trash headline I remembered the Toxic Island video I watched last year. Of course the thing hasn’t gone away-hell, it just keeps getting bigger. But at least it’s getting more attention. You can watch the video Toxic Garbage Island here.

Posted by Vixen as News, Activism at 9:37 AM CDT

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