Samples of plastic retrieved from the North  Pacific Garbage Patch includes a crate with  visible Japanese text,  eel traps and nets, all of which originated from fishing activities. Photo: Handout
Samples of plastic retrieved from the North Pacific Garbage Patch includes a crate with visible Japanese text, eel traps and nets, all of which originated from fishing activities. Photo: Handout
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Japan and China big sources of plastic in North Pacific Garbage Patch: study

  • More than three-quarters of the giant plastic mass found between Hawaii and California comes from the fishing industry, say researchers
  • The Ocean Cleanup says it aims to clean up 90 per cent of floating ocean plastic by 2040, an operation that would cost around €1 billion

Samples of plastic retrieved from the North  Pacific Garbage Patch includes a crate with  visible Japanese text,  eel traps and nets, all of which originated from fishing activities. Photo: Handout
Samples of plastic retrieved from the North Pacific Garbage Patch includes a crate with visible Japanese text, eel traps and nets, all of which originated from fishing activities. Photo: Handout
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