The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Think Trash Soup, Not Trash Island

An image of microplastics, which comprise a significant portion of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Image courtesy of Adobe Stock

Marine pollution is a serious issue that is not going away any time soon. Some estimates project that the problem as it stands is so severe that by the year 2050, the amount of plastic in the ocean will equal the amount of fish. Plastic winds up in the ocean in myriad ways—most often light-weight plastic that was being transported t