Stock Photo: 2009 Pacific Exploration of the ORV Alguita. Trash and assorted garbage collected form the North Pacific Gyre. The ORV Alguita returns to Long beach after four months at sea sampling the waters of the great Pacific garbage patch' in the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG). The Algalita Marine Research Foundation has been studying and educating the public about the effects of oceanic micro-plastic pollution on the ocean's ecosystem and marine life for over ten years. Long Beach, California, USA