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  •  If you could use nets it might be (0+ / 0-)

    more efficient. Maybe nets coordinated between 2 deck cranes. The stuff is light, larger scoops are better.

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    by mike101 on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 06:13:03 PM PDT

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    •  Not a solution. Understand the problem. (0+ / 0-)

      The particles are too small. That's the basic problem.

      The photo posted by the diarist is a bit misleading.

      The problem is not large pieces of plastic floating on the surface but a plastic "soup" of small fragments just below the surface that are ingested by and kill sea life by obstructing digestion, leading to starvation.

      What happens is that airbourne and water bourne plastic bags migrate to the sean and then ar broken into small particles by tidal actions. Once particles become a certian size the process decelerates resulting is a soup of suspended particles of small size near the surface (depending on boyancy).

      That is why the problem when undetected for many years until the "soup" became dense enough to be visible. Even to day, in normal light, this is not visible from the surface.  The problem was first discovered by marine researchers diagnosing dead fish and sea mamals that found plastic particles accumulated in their digestive tracts, then traced the problem back to the sea.

      It's not a simple problem. You can't just pump out the oceans through a filter bag.

      Engineered bio-digestion is probable the evential solution.

      Ask me about my daughter's future - Ko

      by koNko on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 10:01:50 PM PDT

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