Originally Posted by billyruffn
Some of that, perhaps most would have come from the tsunami in Japan. Apparently, there is a huge raft of flotsam working it's way around the N. Pacific. When we did the HI to AK passage in 2006 we saw no garbage. In fact, on the 4800 nm trip from Costa Rica to HI I saw only 2 plastic bottles. Ocean was pretty clean back then.
We saw quite a lot of trash on a trip along roughly the same route in 2007 so you can't blame it all on the tsunami. We are on a small boat, 27 ft LOA and travel pretty slowly so we see more of it than one would on a larger, faster boat.