>> This stretch of the Pacific Ocean appears to be crystal clean but it has been called the great Pacific garbage patch. Winds and currents combine to push plastic into an area between Hawaii and California. And scientists from the Ocean Cleanup Foundation say there is 16 times more debris than they originally thought.
It's a shocking indictment of the true scale of ocean pollution.>> It's really scary and I think it's something that should make us think more, a lot more.>> Previous surveys were conducted using single vessels and focused on smaller pieces of plastic. But the latest research used 30 vessels and combined research with aerial views.
The team found nearly 80,000 metric tons of plastic, which can cause a irreparable damage to marine life.>> Coordinated worldwide effort is needed among governmental institutions and policy makers, and scientific communities, scientific research to tackle this environmental issue.>> In 2017, nearly 200 countries committed to eliminating plastic pollution in the sea, but with evidence that pollution levels are rising, the true scale of the challenge is now clear.