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according to new reports  from a large research ship that has set out to determine the condition of the world’s oceans.
The expedition was organized by two leading nonprofit groups — the 5 Gyres Institute and the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. Once funded and set to sea, the 72-foot yacht is now voyaging from the Marshall Islands to Japan.
'We’ve been finding lots of micro plastics, all the size of a grain of rice or a small marble,' he stated. 'We drag our nets and come up with a small handful, like confetti — 10, 20, 30 fragments at a time. That’s how it’s been, every trawl we’ve done for the last thousand miles.'
The startling findings, he said, confirmed his view that the oceans are heavily ‘plasticized’. Eriksen believes that virtually everywhere you go in the ocean, you will find plastic waste.
This statement is perhaps most concerning when considering the fact that Eriksen has actually sailed through all five gyres, and has therefore seen mass contamination on a planetary scale. Looking for large objects like overturned boats, refrigerators, and other big appliances, Eriksen is also concerned about the amount of toxins being emitted from these items.
We’ll get an idea of how much is out there, what’s going on and what it’s carrying with it, in terms of toxins,' he said.