Ok, this is interesting and terribly tragic. I saw a show on the discovery channel that showed The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and it went on to discuss how this floating mass of trash, mostly plastic waste, has become a sort of habitat for fish in the ocean. I found that disturbing and I am certain anybody who reads this and the articles I post below will also. I am not an expert on this topic, but essentially there is a spot in the Pacific Ocean where floating debris tends to end up. Essentially what has happened is that this garbage patch has formed which is the product of trash, mostly plastics, that do not readily decompose. This patch is no ordinary patch. When I think of the word patch I think of something small like a patch of flowers or grass or something. In this instance patch indicates something that is the size of Texas at a minimum and possibly twice as large. Pretty cool, huh?
Blog #1 - This is a great account of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Probably more than you ever wanted to know.
Article #1 - Here is a link describing how this all happens, etc.