A vessel's incredible haul in the Pacific has stunned viewers after it was revealed the entire 6000kg 'catch' was entirely made up of rubbish.
While most crews try to avoid catching old shoes and plastic bottles, for the Ocean Cleanup team, it's exactly what they're targeting.
A video uploaded to Facebook shows workers sorting through a huge net filled with tonnes of rubbish including fishing nets and ropes, buckets and baskets and a huge assortment of unidentifiable plastics.
The Ocean Cleanup is an organisation dedicated to developing scaling technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, including sifting through an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The garbage patch is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific ocean, and while some is floating, oceanographers discovered up to 70 per cent of the waste actually sinks to the bottom of the sea, National Geographic reported.
Almost 30 tonnes of plastic pulled from the ocean
The Ocean Cleanup removed 28,659kg of plastic in nine test extractions and in 2022, the organisation is still pulling mass amounts of plastic from the sea.
The weight of the collection in the video was a whopping 6820kg and was the 23rd expedition for the vessel named System 002.
"System 002's total catch is 55,020kg so far; 1/1500th of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch," the Ocean Cleanup said.
"It's remarkable how much stuff ends up in the middle of the ocean," one person said in the comments of the video.
"That's a lot of trash recovered, but I'm sure it doesn't even make a dent of what's still out there.."
Others described the amount of rubbish as "insane" while many praised the organisation for their efforts.
Less than two weeks earlier, System 002 pulled out 3810kg of garbage from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and people were mortified by the footage when it was shared to Instagram.
The organisation said the haul was a result of the system being deployed for seven days and 20 hours.
Many people expressed their admiration for the work The Ocean Cleanup was doing, saying it was "incredible", however for others the video was a sobering reminder of how much trash is in the ocean.
"This is amazing and heart breaking at the same time," one person remarked.
A 'problem from humanity'
During the test for System 002 in 2021, toilet seats, toothbrushes, laundry baskets, crates, shoes, sled and fishing gear were all found and removed from the ocean.
"This is not just a problem for the ocean, but also a problem from humanity," The Ocean Cleanup said in a press release about the test.
The organisation was founded by Boyan Slat in 2013 and the team now consists of 120 people — including engineers, researchers and scientists.
Mr Slat was 16 when he went diving in Greece and saw more plastic than fish in the water. The experience led him to research plastic pollution for a school project.
The first clean up system was launched three years ago and their aim is to remove 90 per cent of the plastic floating in the ocean by 2040.
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