Two San Diego Sailors are making their way around the world to study plastics in our oceans. The pollution is impacting the fish supply, habitats, and food for human consumption. Up to 50% of the pollution is caused by one time use plastics like forks. Their travels will take about 2 years.
I always thought that it would be a good idea, once my boat is ready, to take it down to South America and drag a net. Maybe obtain a research grant for a few months and slide along the coast where people come in contact with the plastics on a regular basis through swimming and fishing. Not sure if I will ever do it, or my boat would be ready for such a trip, but I always mulled it in the back of my head.