The NOAA Ocean Podcast: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic debris samples found during a NOAA Okeanos Explorer trip to the North Pacific Ocean in 2010.
Plastics from a 2010 NOAA trip to the Pacific Garbage Patch.

From corals to coastal science, catch the current of the ocean with the NOAA Ocean Podcast. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of many areas in the ocean where marine debris naturally concentrates because of ocean currents. In this episode, Dianna Parker from the NOAA Marine Debris Program explains what a garbage patch is and isn't, what we know and don't know, and what we can do about this ocean-sized problem. Listen to the podcast.