The floating boom system has been deployed from San Francisco
Bay and will undergo several weeks of testing before being hauled into
action. The system was designed by the nonprofit Ocean Cleanup,
which was founded in 2013 by 18-year-old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat.
Their mission is to develop “advanced technologies to rid the world’s
oceans of plastic.”
The floating boom system, with the help of dozens of more booms, is
estimated to clean up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within the
first five years. Each boom will trap up to 150,000 pounds of plastic
per year as they float along the currents between California and Hawaii.