SULLIVAN VS THE TRASH VORTEX
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the garbage vortex — there are multiple names for gargantuan collections of trashy marine debris floating around the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans and even the Great Lakes, made up of degrading garbage, Styrofoam, plastic bottles and lost cargo of every description. We’re talking athletic shoes, hockey pads, fishing gear, rubber duckies — this according to the National Geographic Society, which has tracked this phenomenon for decades.
And now it’s time for a oceanic garbage patch a hearing on Capitol Hill.
On Thursday, Sen. Dan Sullivan — Alaska Republican and chairman of the Commerce subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard — convenes a hearing appropriately titled “Efforts on Marine Debris in the Oceans and Great Lakes.” Mr. Sullivan is in search of solutions to “the marine debris crisis.”
On hand to have their say: David Balton, deputy assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries; and Nancy Wallace, director of NOAA’s Marine Debris Program. See a live stream of the hearing at 10 a.m. EDT at commerce.senate.gov.