The Other Source: Where does plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch really come from?

Our research team just published its latest findings on the composition, origins and age of plastic debris accumulating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) in the journal Scientific Reports.

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00:00 Introduction
00:43 How the research team identifies source of plastic debris
02:23 Reasons why plastic fishing gear is found floating in the ocean
03:31 How is this research different from previous studies
04:19 Origins of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
05:44 Differences between plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and plastic from coastal environment
06:57 Why the fishing industry has a role to play in addressing this issue
08:10 A global issue we can't fix alone

The new study reveals 75% to 86% of plastic debris in the Great Pacific GPGP originates from fishing activities at sea.

These findings add to our understanding of the plastic pollution problem, helping us refine our cleaning strategy and gain insight into the origins of this plastic.

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