**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>
I recently worked with Captain Charles Moore and Algalita Marine Research and Education, overseeing the sorting plastic debris from organic matter in over 80 ocean samples collected from the eastern North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (aka the Great Pacific Garbage Patch) and managing their research program. I live on Alamitos Bay and am currently working on a project I call “Behind the Berm” which is a collection of images from the strand line on my local beach (south of downtown Long Beach) where city maintenance crews create large sand berms to protect million-dollar homes on the peninsula, whose owners are largely unaware of the copious amounts of plastic debris on the other side breaking down in the sun and getting mulched into ever smaller fragments and washed into the ocean.- this is the insidious nature of marine debris. There is a lot of work to be done to address this problem!