Researchers discovered the garbage patch in the South Pacific Gyre in 2011. But Moore wanted to study its size and shape. He also wanted to know what kind of trash it contained. Moore is the founder of Algalita, a nonprofit organization for studying plastic pollution in the ocean.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch By: Niamh Leah Frances Edmonstone Imagine one day the whole ocean turning into a giant patch of toxic trash. People have been trashing the ocean for years, but now there is too much trash out there and it is destroying the environment and killing the marine life.