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Ships lead massive ocean trash cleanup from Hawaii to California




Map showing the 50 transects the Mega Expedition will perform based on routing information provided by the skippers before they left port.
Map showing the 50 transects the Mega Expedition will perform based on routing information provided by the skippers before they left port.
Lys-Anne Sirks / The Ocean Cleanup
Map showing the 50 transects the Mega Expedition will perform based on routing information provided by the skippers before they left port.
Mega Expedition Mothership R/V Ocean Starr leaving San Francisco, heading to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Lys-Anne Sirks / The Ocean Cleanup
Map showing the 50 transects the Mega Expedition will perform based on routing information provided by the skippers before they left port.
Underwater photo of deployed ‘manta trawl’ by Mega Expedition volunteer vessel Between The Sheets.
Crew aboard Between The Sheets
Map showing the 50 transects the Mega Expedition will perform based on routing information provided by the skippers before they left port.
The Ocean Cleanup CEO and founder Boyan Slat and Julia Reisser, lead oceanographer, examining samples of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, aboard Mega Expedition mothership R/V Ocean Starr.
KJB, The Ocean Cleanup


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A fleet of ships is arriving to ports along the coast of California this week. Their haul? Tons of plastic and debris from the massive garbage patch that's lodged in the Pacific Ocean. 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This Sunday, the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MegaExpedition?src=hash">#MegaExpedition</a> &#39;s mothership returned to San Francisco with a lot more trash than expected. <a href="http://t.co/SCeF54Ce3j">pic.twitter.com/SCeF54Ce3j</a></p>&mdash; The Ocean Cleanup (@TheOceanCleanup) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheOceanCleanup/status/635842610058366976">August 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

The ships are part of the largest-ever clean up effort of ocean trash, launched from Hawaii and sweeping across the Pacific. The trip also aims to map the floating plastic for an even larger clean up in the coming years.

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Web extra: Track the ocean clean up with this live map