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    Plastic-Collecting Trawler Departs for Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    On Saturday a $20 million, 2,000-foot-long boom was towed from the San Francisco Bay with the goal of scooping up marine garbage. Launched by Dutch nonprofit Ocean Cleanup, the unmanned structure is designed to move with the ocean’s current to gather some of the estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Experts warn it could also scoop up marine life, but Ocean Cleanup says that if the system successfully collects waste, a fleet of vessels could clear half the area in five years.

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