Effectiveness or Ecological Impact
The Ocean Cleanup projects to be able to remove 90% of floating ocean plastic by 2040 (Koop, 2021).
Zooplankton that encounter the skirts of the system are likely killed (Falk-Andersson et al., 2020; Paris et al., 2022).
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* Year designates the year invented; if the year invented was unavailable, the earliest year that an article about the technology was published was used.