There is a significant amount of plastic and other trash floating in oceans across the planet, with more than 12 million pounds alone collected by the 28th Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. There is 12.3 million pounds of trash spread across the coast of beaches and waterways, with an estimated 5 trillion pieces of plastic impacting wildlife in oceans.
Researchers are increasingly launching efforts to study garbage patches that are forming in oceans - as tons of garbage are harming ocean inhabitants across Earth.
"Ocean trash truly is a global problem that affects human health and safety, endangers marine wildlife, and costs states and nations countless millions in wasted resources and lost revenue," said Andreas Merkl, President and CEO of Ocean Conservancy, in a press statement. "At its core, however, ocean trash is not an ocean problem; it is a people problem - perpetuated by the ocean unwitting practices that industry and people have adopted over time. But I am convinced we can solve it if we have the audacity to confront the problem head-on."