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Pacific Garbage Patch –        Update
persblog.be Update – July 12, 2016

Boyan Slat closer to cleaning up ocean garbage patches
Ocean clean-up
Ocean clean-up prototype

star2com; July 3, 2016 – “The Dutch inventor behind a ground-breaking project to remove millions of tonnes of plastics floating in vast ocean “garbage patches” recently unveiled the first prototype of his ambitious sea-cleaning device.

Boyan slat - pic youtube.com
Boyan slat – pic youtube.com

Boyan Slat’s innovative idea – first drawn on a paper napkin when he was still in high school – seeks to use ocean currents to gather up the masses of bottles, plastic bags, flip-flops and other detritus that sully the planet’s waters, eliminating the need for an army of boats to haul them in.

According to the Ocean Cleanup project, eight million tonnes of plastics enter the oceans every year, much of which has accumulated in five giant garbage patches, with the largest in the Pacific between California and Hawaii. The plastic soup is created when the rubbish gets caught up in five main “gyres” – or rotating oceanic currents.

But 21-year-old Slat believes he can harness the power of the currents to help the great clean-up. “Why move through the ocean if the ocean can move through you?” Slat asked.

His idea is to use a 100km-long V-shaped barrier made up of rubber pillow-shaped buoys which float on the ocean surface, trailing a 3m-long curtain from its arms into the water.”

The Crazy Plan to Clean Up a Giant Island of Trash Might Actually Happen
Ocean clean-up device
Ocean clean-up device

gizmodo.com; June 23, 2016 – “An ambitious but controversial plan to clean up the Great   Pacific Garbage Patch moves closer to reality this week, with the deployment of an ocean plastic cleanup boom off the coast of the Netherlands in the North Sea.→

Oceanic gyres
Oceanic gyres

Pacific Garbage Patch –        Stories

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The ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ is an area with an intense concentration of marine trash located in the Pacific Ocean
persblog.be Story 2014.07.04

Naamloos12 ‘Midway’ – The Gyre of horror and grief
On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of dead birds have their bodies filled with plastic. persblog.be Story 2014.10.24

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…Update continues

project - pic newscientist.nl
project – pic newscientist.nl

The 100-meter floating boom is a scaled-down version of a 100-kilometer long system that Dutch nonprofit The Ocean Cleanup eventually hopes to deploy in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii. The boom is meant to slurp up the millions of tons of unsightly plastic comprising the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The prototype, aptly named “Boomy McBoomface,” will sit roughly 20 kilometers off the Dutch coast for a year in a critical field test of the system’s survivability.”

“But the plan is not without its critics—namely, members of oceanography and marine biology community, many of whom feel the design hasn’t been properly vetted and are worried about the potential ecological impacts of what would become the largest offshore structure ever assembled.”

“Others have raised concerns about the effects of the boom structure on marine life, either through direct by-catch or by impacting the behavior of migratory species. As deep sea biologist and Southern Fried Science blogger Andrew Thaler pointed out in a blog post last year, The Ocean Cleanup boom system is, by definition, a Fish Aggregating Device, or FAD: In it’s crudest form, an FAD is any floating, semi-stationary structure in the open ocean. Prey species tend to aggregate under floating structures, and predators naturally follow. The Ocean Cleanup won’t simply act as a barrier to migration, but will also attract pelagic species. Long term, this could create permanent or semi-permanent communities, resulting in changes to migratory patterns.”

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