SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) - The American Sailing Association launched Operation Pollution Purge to fight the growing amount of garbage that's ended up in our oceans.
The group is concerned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an 80,000-ton beast of debris lurking in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California.
According to the ASA, the patch is twice the size of Texas.
And it's not the only one.
There are five such plastic islands polluting oceans.
The ASA asks boaters to pick up trash as they are out on the water (if it can be done safely) and to make sure they are not contributing to the trash problem in our oceans.
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