Massive mounds of seaweed piled up along Florida's east coast beaches in October 2017, a smelly mess that made it difficult to walk on the beach, much less enjoy the stroll. Was it coincidence those piles of seaweed showed up after a very busy hurricane season?
Ocean Voyages Institute cleaned up the floating debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but it probably barely made a dent. It's estimated that 1.15 to 2.41 million tons of plastic enter the ocean each year.
Member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), including some of the biggest producers of the plastic waste in the oceans, have declared their commitment to addressing the trash crisis.