The “Seventh Continent” was planned since 1974 in an analysis by several scientists. They showed that a plastic neuston was being formed as a consequence of ocean currents and winds in the North Pacific Ocean. Organizations, individuals and governments not given great importance until the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published an article entitled “The quantitative distribution and characteristics of Neuston plastic in the North Pacific Ocean, 1985-1988”, the which contains a detailed map showing neuston plastic the size it was at that time and accurately predicted the existence of the current Great Garbage Patch in the Central North Pacific Gyre.
In July 1977, the US Captain Charles J.
Captain reached the North Pacific Gyre because I was participating in a world famous yacht race known as the Transpacific Yacht Race and Transpac. The race route covers 2,225 nautical miles (4,121 kilometers) from California to Hawaii. Moore returned to the race after losing, which was the reason to return by a different route from the usual. He was so encountered the Garbage Patch, a patch of waste so large it took a full week to get through.
Returning to California, Captain shared with the oceanographer Curtis Eddesmayer data he had collected. After searching several names for the seventh continent, they chose to call the Garbage Patch North Pacific. Later the discovery was announced by the television network NBC and the magazine “Natural History” but these means were insufficient and Moore was devoted to study and publicize the Garbage Patch, so he founded the foundation Algalita Marine Research . Today this work continues dissemination and awareness since the Great Garbage Patch continues to grow and is more important than ever to reduce marine pollution.