Thank you for this link! I am so glad you shared this with me.
Bless their endeavors to clean up the Pacific Ocean's great 'garbage patch' and may they be praised, commemorated, remembered, honored and emulated for being the first to act and reverse this terrifying blight caused by careless human activity.
I would LOVE to be on those boats helping... I am just terrified of being on the ocean. I would donate what little money I can to help the effort succeed.
If anyone can find a direct link to donate to this cause please post it here.
I love the ocean but I am unable to enjoy being on the ocean in a large boat. I do like to sail on lakes and inland ocean sailing. It is just that the open sea has not been good to me and I have been on ocean vessels that were encountering fifty foot waves and am compelled to say, never again. I was so sick I could not even stand up and walk and every time we hit another wave the whole ship would go BOOM and tremble violently! This lasted all night.
I have great admiration and awe for those courageous and outstanding persons, heroes who are able to endure the ocean's great power and have set their sights upon ridding the ocean of this refuse. It is really nice that they have recycling built into their plans too. I just wonder if there is a garbage patch floating the size of Texas how much of that garbage has become weighted down by algae and plankton and sunk to the bottom of the ocean? Is there not even more of an ecological impact on the deep sea floor? Is this patch over mostly deep or shallow water? This Gulf spill will/should/must have the consequence of building up a massive fleet of ships for skimming the ocean surface. Once the all of patches of the oil are meticulously collected and contained from the Gulf this fleet can just be relocated to the Pacific cleanup.
Perhaps there are cubic tons of trash heaped up on the ocean floor bottom. This should require all countries of the world to volunteer support and help our dying oceans to survive this. I think our government should be picking up a lions share of the tab on this garbage patch/pile too. I will never again say that plastic things are cheap and don't last.
About sucking up fish during the clean up, I don't think that the proportion of fish that are sucked up in this mess would be negligible to overall populations. Perhaps the fish/plant matter that is sucked up can be separated from the plastic and used as fertilizer (like the Indians did). Although it is probably true that many if not most fish prefer to live right under the ocean's surface.
Consider the silver lining that the more fisher persons that we send out to the garbage patch the less they will be hauling and dwindling fish supplies elsewhere.
Thanks for participation in this woeful but still hopeful discussion on the current state of the our earth's oceans.