Fishing for plastic in a peaceful sea: a journey through the Pacific Ocean ‘garbage patch’

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. Read more here