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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 com­­

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