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Plastics still adding to growth of Great Pacific Garbage patch

Plastics still adding to growth of Great Pacific Garbage patch

Updated 31 July 2014, 9:34 AEST

It is a beautiful calm morning in one of the most polluted areas of the world.

The "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," more than 1600 kilometres from land in the north Pacific.

It's home to a group of scientists aboard an Oceanographic Research Vessel, who are studying how plastic waste is affecting the marine environment.

And while some recent studies suggest the quantity of plastic in the oceans is reducing, the research crew has found the opposite.

Founder of Algalita Marine Research and Education Captain Charles Moore is at the Pacific Garbage Patch which he says is definitely growing.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Captain Charles Moore, founder, Algalita Marine Research and Education

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